July 11, 2014
Blinn College has named Dr. Lee Don Bienski, Grady Hendricks and Max Hibbs assistant deans for the Division of Science, Engineering & Math.
With the hires, Blinn has now named 12 assistant deans with 144 years of Blinn College experience across its Visual & Performing Arts; Humanities; Social Sciences; Business, Agriculture & Kinesiology; and Science, Engineering & Math divisions.
The College has previously named Deborah Vavra and Craig Jeffrey assistant deans for Visual & Performing Arts; John Schaffer and Amy Winningham for Humanities; Jennifer Garcia, Bryn Behnke and David Corkran for Business, Agriculture & Kinesiology; and Dr. Mary Barnes-Tilley and Brandon Franke for Social Sciences.
The assistant deans will each have home campuses, but will serve all campuses district-wide, providing assistance and leadership to the academic deans in developing and maintaining curriculum and programs. Assistant deans will promote activities, strategies and processes that prepare students for success while meeting the requirements of all internal and external accreditation entities, and will help lead their divisions in planning, development, implementation and evaluation.
The College is currently in the process of hiring department heads. All assistant deans and department heads will begin their duties Aug. 20.
Lee Don Bienski, Ph.D.
Bienski has been a Blinn faculty member since 2001, when he joined the Natural Science Division as a physics instructor. The following year he began teaching chemistry, and in 2007 he was named chemistry coordinator and tasked with scheduling classes for the Chemistry Department and assisting with hiring new professors. In 2009, he was named assistant division chair.
Bienski earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1969, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas A&M in 1978. From 1970-72, he served as a bench chemist and expert witness in forensic chemistry for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Lab, where he worked more than 200 cases.
Hendricks has been a Blinn faculty member since 2001, when he joined the Physics Department as a part-time instructor. In 2002 he became a full-time faculty member and currently teaches algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics courses and has also taught introductory astronomy.
In 2010, Hendricks was named Physics Department coordinator, a role that included managing the departmental budget, scheduling, mentoring new faculty and recruiting and scheduling interviews with part-time teaching applicants. He was nominated for the Blinn Professional Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006 and earned the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award in 2012.
Hendricks earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Texas A&M University.
Hibbs joined the Blinn faculty in 2000. He has served as Blinn Professional Association vice president-elect and vice president and campus representative for the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA). He served as TCCTA – Mathematics section secretary in 2010-11 and president-elect in 2011-12, and served on numerous curriculum, textbook and post-test committees for the Blinn Mathematics Division.
Hibbs has also served as faculty advisor for the Blinn Match Club and the College’s Brenham campus chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the international community college honor society. He won the NISOD Excellence Award in 2009 and was runner-up for the Blinn Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.
Hibbs earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1975 and his Master of Science in mathematics from Oklahoma State University in 1977.
About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 18,413 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.
As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is currently implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled, “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.