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Dr. Pam Anglin, president of Paris Junior College since 2003, resigned Friday morning, effective Dec. 31, to accept a position as Blinn College’s vice president for Academic Affairs.
The PJC board of regents met in special session at 9 a.m. to act upon her request.
“I have chosen to step away from leading Paris Junior College and take my career in a different direction,” Anglin told the board.
“The last 10 years, I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful faculty staff,” she said. “I will always remember my time here and know that PJC makes a difference for this community and the residents of the five counties it serves. I will continue to give PJC my total attention through the end of the year.”
Simultaneous with Anglin’s announcement in Paris, Blinn College released a statement that, effective Jan. 1, Anglin will become that school’s new vice president for Academic Affairs, replacing Dr. Debra LaCour, who retired in August after 25 years of service.
“Dr. Anglin is going to be an outstanding addition to Blinn College,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, district president.
“She has a well-established record of strengthening academic excellence and her student-oriented style of leadership will aid Blinn as we build upon our momentum as one of the top community colleges in the nation,” Nolte added.
“I began working in community colleges because I wanted to make a difference in student lives and I believe community colleges are at the forefront of that effort,” Anglin said. “In all my decisions, I focus on what is best for our students, and I’m excited to continue those efforts at Blinn College.”
Founded in 1883, Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. In addition to its four 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 workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs.
PJC, founded in 1924, has an enrollment of about 4,000 students and has campuses at Greenville and Sulphur Springs as well Paris.
Anglin earned her associate’s degree from Grayson County College, where she was also a member of the varsity volleyball team.
As a product herself of the community college system, Anglin said, she understands the importance of the community college “and what it means to so many students.”
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and her master’s from Texas Christian University. She earned a doctorate degree in education from Baylor and studied at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
A certified public accountant, she taught accounting prior to becoming an administrator.
Anglin began her 33-year career of higher education administration as a business officer at Texas Christian University.
From 1994 to 1996, she was Blinn’s vice president of business services, overseeing the college’s budgetary and fiscal administration responsibilities. During that time, she helped Blinn complete construction of its Bryan campus, renovate its residence halls and developed and taught a leadership course for students.
From 1996 to 2003, Anglin was executive vice president of Grayson County College in Denison, where she served as the institution’s chief financial officer and developed a financing strategy for the college’s master plan.
In 2003, she became president of Paris Junior College, succeeding Bobby Walters. In her 10 years with PJC, Anglin oversaw a 110 percent enrollment increase.
Her tenure at PJC has included the college participating in Achieving the Dream, a national initiative for student success; being recognized twice as one of the 50 fastest growing community colleges in the nation; and the college being recognized with the 2012 Excellence in Education award from the Texas Association of Businesses.
While at Paris Junior College, she has worked to make a community college education accessible to all residents, including offering dual credit classes in 27 high schools, many of which are small rural high schools, within a five-county area.
Anglin has been a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees since 2008 and was on the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors from 2007-10. She has also served on the Texas Association of Community Colleges executive committee.
Anglin has served on the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors and the Board of Trustees and Compliance and Review Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of PJC consists of:
However, taxes for PJC are paid only by persons living in the municipality of Paris, the Paris Independent School District, and the portion of the Prairiland Independent School District formerly known as the Cunningham School District. An election to extend the tax base to all of Lamar County failed several years ago.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra