PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership.

At its annual meeting last month, Gina Luna, Chairman of JPMorgan Chase in Houston, assumed the role of chair of the Board, and together with GHP President and CEO Bob Harvey, plans for the upcoming year were outlined. Included in those plans are continuing the work of the UpSkill Houston workforce program. Dr. Hellyer is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Regional Workforce Development Task Force, the group responsible for the development of the UpSkill Houston program.

“I’m excited and honored to be asked to join the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors,” said Dr. Hellyer. “The work that the organization is doing to move Houston forward is aligned with the work we are doing at San Jacinto College to train tomorrow’s workforce and graduate more students so they can transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue their higher education.”

UpSkill Houston is an industry-led workforce development program launched last year by the Greater Houston Partnership, aimed at filling the need for skilled workers in the Gulf Coast region. It is a blue print for leaders across the board – in the business community, at educational institutions, and within social service organizations – to build a quality workforce that meets employers’ needs. The initiative is supported by a $250,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the skills gap.

In addition to plans to continue the work of the UpSkill Houston initiative, Luna outlined plans for the organization’s Talent Attraction initiative, and Early Matters, a coalition of organizations focused on early childhood education. The Partnership will also focus on investments needed in transportation infrastructure, along with the state of the city of Houston’s finances and the need for action in these areas.

Dr. Hellyer was appointed the fifth chancellor of San Jacinto College in 2009. She has been with the College since 1996, serving as an inaugural director for the San Jacinto College Foundation, executive vice president for resource development, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs, chief financial officer, and executive vice chancellor before being appointed chancellor. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Fort Hays State University, 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.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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