February 23, 2012
Left-to-right: Michael Beckendorf, president Brazos County Advisory Committee; Dr. Ted Raspiller, Blinn president of Brazos County Campuses, Joseph Dunn, City of Bryan, Mayor Jason Bienski, City of Bryan; Atwood Kenjura, Blinn Board of Trustees president, Mayor Pro Tem Ann Horton, City of Bryan, Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn president, Kean Register, City of Bryan.
The Blinn College Board of Trustees presented its first-ever Strategic Partner Award to the City of Bryan Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, during a regular board meeting held in Bryan. On hand to accept the award were Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski, Mayor Pro Tem Ann Horton, Interim City Manager Kean Register, and Deputy City Manager Joseph Dunn. Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M, and Royce Hickman, president/CEO of the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, attended the meeting and thanked the Blinn Board for their efforts in Bryan.
During the award presentation, Board President Atwood Kenjura read a statement recognizing the city’s pivotal role in Blinn’s 42-year-history of growth and success in Bryan.
Statement by Mr. Kenjura:
Blinn College owes a great deal of its success to the ideas and energy generated by our friends and partners. Since our founding in 1883, Blinn has prospered and indeed been propelled forward thanks in large part to the many individuals and community partners who understand the importance of community colleges and our mission to serve all students.
Our campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy each work in tandem with corporate and municipal partners to achieve the best of what business and education can offer a community. The Blinn College Board of Trustees is pleased to create a special award in recognition of the vital link between a community college and a willing, energetic partner.
In appreciation for more than four decades of partnerships that enhance the educational excellence and quality of life throughout the Brazos Valley, the Blinn College Board of Trustees presents the first-ever Strategic Partner Award to the City of Bryan on this 21st day of February, 2012.