San Jacinto College Provost, Dr. Brenda Jones, was recently elected to the advisory board of the Higher Education Research and Development Institute (HERDI) South.
HERDI facilitates frank and critical dialogue between community colleges and the business communities that seek to serve them. According to HERDI, many companies continue to face challenges entering into the educational market, so they provide featured client companies a unique avenue for feedback from college presidents and provosts. In exchange, these college leaders are able to stay apprised of cutting edge technologies and services they could potentially utilize to enhance student success at their respective institutions.
The advisory board of HERDI South is comprised of 16 college presidents and provosts throughout the southern region of the United States. The organization emphasizes networking, problem solving, and cooperative efforts towards addressing issues of common concern among the membership institutions.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve on the HERDI South advisory board,” said Dr. Jones, who served as San Jacinto College dean of business and technology from 2010 to 2012, prior to her provost position. “I am committed to providing candid comments, reviews, and critiques to the various companies that present their products, concepts, or marketing plans to the HERDI South board members. Our comments are aimed to help these companies refine their marketing strategies and expand their overall markets while enriching networking opportunities among the member educational institutions during this exchange of ideas.”
Furthermore, Dr. Jones said, “San Jacinto College’s leaders understand that in order for our students to succeed in this 21st century information-based global economy, we need to keep expanding our technological educational opportunities. The mission facing community and technical colleges is more complex and important than ever before. It demands cooperative efforts among educational institutions to provide cutting edge technology for our students to prepare them for the global environment they will function in. As a member of the advisory board of HERDI South, I have an opportunity to hear first-hand about the latest technology available and to help these companies shape their products to best fit our students’ needs to ensure their success.”
Dr. Jones has significant experience in building strategic and collaborative alliances with business, community, and state leaders. As one of the College’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) members, she was instrumental developing partnerships in support of the new Dr. Kirk Lewis Pasadena Career and Technical High School in Pasadena Independent School District (ISD), as well as the new Turner College and Career High School in Pearland ISD. She has been involved with the acquisition and administration of numerous Perkins grants and is an active member in many community events and organizations, including the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, Pearland Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Pearland Economic Leadership Council and Capella University Community College Advisory Council.
In addition, Dr. Jones serves on the executive board of the South Belt Ellington Chamber as well as the advisory board of Memorial Herman South East Hospital. In 2011, Dr. Jones was nominated by her colleagues and peers to receive the Association of Educational Office Personnel (AEOP) 2011-2012 Boss of the Year award; in 2012 was one of 38 college administrators worldwide to receive the Chair Academy Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leader Award; and was one of the San Jacinto College Excellence Award winners in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Jones was elected to the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges (NACTC).
Dr. Jones earned her doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake; and an associate of art, associate of applied science, and an associate of science from Lee College in Baytown, Texas.
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.