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February 16, 2011

Expanding Leadership for Blinn’s Brazos County Advisory Committee

New members enhance committee’s business and academic composition

The Blinn College Board of Trustees recently approved the addition of four area business and academic leaders to the college’s Brazos County Advisory Committee.  The new members, which count two private business owners, an academic administrator, and an external relations expert among their ranks, will fill two expiring terms and two existing openings on the committee. 

Dr. Ted Raspiller, provost of Blinn’s Brazos County campuses, expressed optimism about the mix of backgrounds the new committee members offer.

“These leaders are joining Blinn at a time of momentum and excitement,” Raspiller said.  “Blinn’s tomorrow will be shaped today by the energy and experience this committee dedicates to the college. As we build our future, their leadership will be among our guideposts.”

In addition, Raspiller expressed gratitude for the past service of Ann Horton, Bryan City Council, and Anthonette Ruffino, of the Sylvan Learning Center, whose terms recently expired.

“We thank them for their devotion to Blinn College, and in particular, their ambassadorship for Blinn along the way,” Raspiller said.  “They are sincere and appreciated friends of Blinn.”

New Members (February 2011)
Michael J. Beckendorf has bought, sold, managed, evaluated and brokered hundreds of properties during his 30 years in the real estate industry.  Beckendorf began his real estate career as a Farm/Ranch/Raw Land Real Estate Broker which naturally fit his background, being born and raised on his family’s second-generation dairy farm in Brenham, Texas.  His tenure in real estate and work ethic in agriculture enabled him to succeed in a difficult industry in both good and bad economies.  He attended Blinn College from 1979-1980 and received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Sam Houston State University in 1984.

Dr. Frank Ashley has served as the vice chancellor of academic affairs with the Texas A&M System since 2007.  He has worked in education since 1976 including high school, college and a university system office. He has also served as School Board Trustee in Commerce, Texas, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The College Board, a national college-access organization (developed the SAT test, etc.).  Ashley is a deacon in his local church and has received numerous local, state and national awards for service to education. 

Jenny Ligon is manager of external relations for the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), where she directs many of TEEX’s new multidisciplinary initiatives and strategic business capture efforts with government and industry. Her research and proposal execution capabilities helped TEEX bring in several million dollars in revenue since she joined the agency in 2007. Additionally, she manages the agency’s state legislative affairs, building key relationships with public officials, determining the effects of critical legislation and addressing agency matters with legislators. Ligon also oversees the TEEX Advisory Board and is a member of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing workforce development management team and the Brazos Valley Biocorridor working group.

Rodney McFaddin and his family moved to Bryan in 1983. He is the owner/operator of First Security Building Maintenance. His company has provided commercial janitorial services to clients in Brazos, Robertson and Burleson counties since 1983. In 2005, First Security Building Maintenance was recognized by the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce with its “Community Impact Award.” McFaddin has been a member of the Rotary Club of College Station for more than 25 years and has served as club president. In addition, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Brazos Valley, the Boys & Girls Club, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Workforce Commission.

2011 Blinn College Brazos County Advisory Committee



Term Expires

Mike Wright (President)

General Manager, KBTX        


Dr. Alicia Dorsey
(Vice President)

Vice President for Program Development & Community Outreach, Texas A&M University Health Science Center


Dr. Frank Ashley

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University System         


Michael Beckendorf

Owner, Beckendorf Investments


Dr. Thomas Hilde

Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University


Maritza Hoffman

School Board Member, Bryan ISD


Jenny Ligon

Manager of External Relations for the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)


Dr. Pamela Matthews

Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Provost for Academic Services, Texas A&M University           


Rodney McFaddin      

Owner/Operator of First Security Building Maintenance