Comprehensive Standard 3.2.8

 

The institution has qualified administrative and academic officers with the experience, competence, and capacity to lead the institution. (Qualified Administrative/Academic Officers)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College has a clearly defined and published organizational structure that delineates responsibility for the leadership of the institution. At the direction of the President, Vernon College maintains an organizational chart, which defines the structure of administrative and academic oversight within each area of the College.

 

The College also maintains job descriptions in the Human Resources Office for all College administrative and academic officers outlining their duties and responsibilities. As depicted in the organizational structure, the administrative and academic leadership team is comprised of the President, the Dean of Instructional Services, the Dean of Administrative Services, the Dean of Student Services/Athletic Director, and the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid/Registrar.

 

Collectively, the senior administrative team at Vernon College has almost 100 years of service with the institution. The following chart demonstrates the qualifications and experience of the leadership team at Vernon College. Links to the resumes of each administrator are provided.

 

Name/Title Highest
Degree
Years
Experience
at Vernon College
Comments Professional
Organization
Memberships
Dr. Stephen Thomas
President
Ph.D. 7 Dr. Thomas has been the President of Vernon College since 2000.  Prior to Vernon College, Dr. Thomas served in various administrative positions at different colleges, including the Dean of Instructional Services at Victoria College and the Dean of Academic Affairs at Lexington Community College.   Texas Association of Community Colleges; Texas Community College Teachers Association; Member, Region IX P-16 Council, Wichita Falls, Texas; Appointed to the Community College Formula Advisory Committee by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; P-16 Committee, Texas Association of Community Colleges; Assistant Director of Menís Sports, Region 5, National Junior College Athletic Association
Dr. Brenda Kays
Dean of Instructional Services 
Ed.D 23 Dr. Kays began serving Vernon College in 1985 and has held positions as Director of Counseling, Associate Dean for Academic Services and Distance Education, Dean of Workforce Education and Training, and then became the Dean of Instructional Services in 2003. Texas Association of Community College Technical Administrators (TACTE); Texas Community College Instructional Administrators (TCCIA); Texas Community College Teacherís Association (TCCTA); Texas Association of Continuing Educators (TACE)
Mr. Gene Gooch
Dean of Administrative Services
M.B.A. 29 Mr. Gooch has been serving as the Dean of Administrative Services at Vernon College since 1979. Member, Southern Association of College and University Business Officers, (SACUBO), Board of Directors, 2008-2010; Chair, Distinguished Service Awards Committee of SACUBO, 2007-2008; Member, SACUBO Investment Committee, 2007-2008; Member, Texas Association of Community College Business Officers, (TACCBO) Board of Directors and Business Partner Liaison, 2006-present; Member, Board of Directors, SACUBO, 2005-2006; Chair, Community College Committee, SACUBO, 2005-2006; Vice Chair, Community College Committee, SACUBO, 2004-2005
Mr. John Hardin
Dean of Student Services/Athletic Director
M.A. 23 Mr. Hardin began serving Vernon College in 1985 and has been the Dean of Student Services since 1994 American Counseling Association; Association of College Administration Professionals; Texas Association of Community College Chief Student Affairs & Administrators; Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Association; Texas Association of College Registrars & Admission Officers
Mr. Joe Hite
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid/Registrar
M.B.A. 17 Mr. Hite began serving Vernon College 1991 and has been the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid/Registrar since 1994 Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Documentation

1.     Vernon College Organizational Charts

2.    Resume of Dr. Steve Thomas

3.    Resume of Dr. Brenda Kays

4.    Resume of Mr. Gene Gooch

5.    Resume of Mr. John Hardin

6.    Resume of Mr. Joe Hite