Higher Education

Forget what the right says: Academia isn’t so bad for conservative professors

Fri, Mar 11, 2016 - 3:15pm

By Jon Shields and Joshua Dunn

In 1951, William F. Buckley declared the university to be a den of atheism and anti-capitalism in his book “God and Man at Yale,” launching a campaign against higher education that has helped define postwar conservatism. Judging from today’s political landscape, not much has changed. On the campaign trail, Marco Rubio called the university an...

Chancellors: University Expansion is Good for Texas

Thu, Jan 21, 2016 - 10:07am

By Matthew Watkins

The chancellors of Texas’ top university systems defended their ambitious expansion plans to lawmakers Wednesday and some pushed back against the idea of more oversight of their growth. But the chancellors also told members of the Texas House Higher Education Committee that they aren't ignoring input from state officials who worry that the schools are growing irresponsibly. “Any time you can deliver more high-quality education? I think we ought to do that,” said Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, which has sparked controversy for its plan to build a campus in Houston.Critics have...

Governor Abbott Appoints Truncale To Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board

Thu, Jan 7, 2016 - 12:00pm

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott has appointed Michael Truncale of Beaumont to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board for a term set to expire February 1, 2021. The board oversees the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and the Texas College Savings Plan.

Michael Truncale is senior partner at Orgain, Bell & Tucker, L.L.P. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, and past president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association. He is also a contributing author and member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee and member and past...

Kilgore College elects first female president

Tue, Nov 24, 2015 - 9:27am

KILGORE (KYTX) – The first woman president in Kilgore college history will begin her term January 2016.

Dr. Brenda Kays was unanimously appointed by the Kilgore College Board of Trustees on Monday night. Kays formerly served as president of Stanly Community College in North Carolina.

Kays is also a former Vice President of Student Learning and Success at Guliford Technical Community College in North Carolina and former Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Instructional Services at Vernon College in Texas.

She earned a Master of Education in counseling from Midwestern State University and a Doctorate of Education...