Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor
In 2009 Dr. Brenda Hellyer was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College, Texas’ seventh largest community college with 30,000 credit students, additional continuing education and workforce training students, three campuses, and several extension centers. San Jacinto College is located in East Harris County surrounded by the Houston ship channel, petrochemical industry, and NASA Johnson Space Center. Hellyer began her involvement with the College in 1996 as inaugural director for the San Jacinto College Foundation. She served in a number of executive positions at the college, Executive Vice President for Resource Development, Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice Chancellor, before being appointed chancellor.
Prior to joining San Jacinto College, Hellyer worked in the corporate world as an accountant in both the private and public arena. Her experience ranged from mom and pop businesses to Fortune 500 companies to governmental agencies to entrepreneurial ventures in East Harris County.
She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate degree in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. She received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin in spring 2009. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Texas.
Dr. Hellyer is involved with various commissions, committees, and boards at the national, state and local levels. Currently, she is serving on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission for Academic, Student, and Community Development and the 21st Century Initiative Implementation Team. Hellyer serves on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Continuous Improvement Council and the executive board of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Additionally, she serves as chair of the board of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, member of the executive board of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, and board member of the Center for Houston’s Future. She is also a Rotarian and believes in being involved in the community through chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, and her church.
Hellyer has been recognized with various awards including: Administrator for Outstanding Support of Developmental Education award from the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE); Woman of Distinction award from the Bridge over Troubled Water, and the Paul Harris Fellowship Rotarian Award.
Nicole Darland Haas, Assistant to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees