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Blinn names deans for two newly-restructured divisions

Adams, Phillips bring combined 43 years of higher education experience

January 29, 2014

Blinn College has hired a pair of student-oriented higher education administrators with a combined 43 years’ experience promoting student success.

Blinn named Dr. Greg Phillips its new dean of Science, Engineering and Math while tabbing Dr. Jimmy Adams its dean of Business, Agriculture and Kinesiology. The hires complete the College’s search for deans to manage its new district-wide organizational structure.

In recent months, Blinn has named Dr. Cynthia Griffith its vice president for Instruction, Karen Buck the assistant vice president for Instruction and has selected six deans, including M. Elia Flores (Health Sciences), Dr. Diane Lovell-Osburn (Social Sciences), Dr. Marcelo Bussiki (Visual & Performing Arts) and Dr. Patricia Westergaard (Humanities).

Blinn’s new, more modern structure will aid the College in managing an enrollment that has more than doubled from 8,715 students 20 years ago to a record 18,413 this Fall. The deans will handle administrative duties previously managed by Blinn’s division chairs, assistant division chairs and coordinators, allowing those instructors to spend more time in the classroom.

Founded in 1883, Blinn’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

Dr. Greg PhillipsDr. Greg Phillips – Dean for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
A former player for the Buccaneer football team, Phillips earned his Associate of Science in chemistry and an Associate of Arts in biology at Blinn before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in biology and chemistry. Phillips earned his master’s in biology from Sam Houston State University and conducted post-graduate studies at Texas A&M University before earning his doctorate from Sam Houston State.

Phillips has 30 years’ experience in higher education, including the last 25 at Blinn. Phillips joined Blinn’s Division of Natural Science in 1988, where he has taught general biology and microbiology. In 2005, he moved into a division leadership role.

Since 2003, Phillips has served as Blinn’s Service Learning director, guiding a program that combines community service with classroom instruction or student club activities, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility to engage students. Service Learning involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic or professional skills and commitment to their community. At the end of the Fall 2012 semester Blinn students had documented more than 326,000 hours of community service, valued at more than $6.5 million by the Points of Light Foundation.

Blinn has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest accolade an educational institution can receive from the federal government for its commitment to service and civic engagement, five of the last seven years.

Under Phillips’ leadership, Blinn received the prestigious Carnegie Classification in January 2011 from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. That honor places Blinn among the top five percent of colleges and universities in the nation in terms of documented public service.
Phillips was named to the Blinn Hall of Honor in 2012, won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 and was named Blinn’s teacher of the year for 1999-2000.

Dr. Jimmy Adams Dr. Jimmy Adams – Dean of Business, Agriculture and Kinesiology
Adams brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration and business management, including 13 in community college and university administration, program development and instruction, with a focus in academic instruction, continuing education, workforce development, adult basic education and corporate training.

Adams comes to Blinn from the Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, where he served as dean of Workforce Development and provided oversight of all non-credit programs, corporate training and managed a $330,000 Carl Perkins Grant. In this role, he facilitated the development of several new continuing education programs and installed a new online registration and payment system.

Adams has also recently worked as director of Workforce Services at Tarrant County College, assistant vice president of Continuing Education for Prairie View A&M University and served in the Lone Star College system for 10 years as dean of two divisions Workforce Training and Community Development and Career Technology and as a full-time business and visual communications professor.

Adams has more than 15 years’ teaching experience both as an adjunct and full-time faculty member. He has taught higher education administration, business and visual communications courses for Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Lone Star College and Houston Community College.

Adams owned and operated Desktop Dimensions, a graphic design firm he started in 1994, and worked more than 13 years in various capacities with several Houston companies, including Smith International, McEvoy-Wills, Cameron Iron Work, and Cooper Industries. He has extensive experience in advertising, marketing and sales with an emphasis in managing in-house marketing, advertising and corporate communications.

Adams was a recipient of the Sam Houston State University Educational Leadership Doctoral Research Award and was selected the University Council for Educational Administration Barbara L. Jackson Scholar Nominee by SHSU’s Educational Leadership and Counseling Department.

Adams also received the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations 2007 Gold/Silver Medallion Award of Excellence Awards for brochure and logo designs and the Lonestar Education and Research Network International Award for Excellence in Brochure/Catalog Design, 2002.