2019 marks the 10th Anniversary that Dr. Brenda Hellyer has served as the Chancellor of San Jacinto College, Texas’ ninth largest community college. The College serves over 45,000 students annually, at four campuses and several extension centers. The College is in the process of adding an additional training center at the Ellington Spaceport as well as the fifth campus in the Lake Houston area at Generation Park. San Jacinto College is located in East Harris County, Texas surrounded by the Houston ship channel, petrochemical industry, and Johnson Space Center. San Jacinto College has twice (2017 and 2019) been named a top 10 community college in the country by The Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence out of more than 1,100 community colleges in the country. San Jacinto College is a Hispanic Serving Institution with nearly 60 percent of the student body being of Hispanic origin.
San Jacinto College has joined with Good Reason Houston to start work on a Promise Program to increase access to citizens in its district. The College also implemented an Open Education Resources program that has saved students over $3.1 million in text book costs. Most recently, the College moved to a simplified tuition model so students would be able to see all their tuition costs up front. In her 10 years as Chancellor, Brenda led the College through these transformational changes, ever mindful (and always reminding others) that the employees of San Jacinto College are those making this transformational change take place.
Brenda holds a bachelor 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 and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University in 2016. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Texas.
Brenda has served on a variety of community boards and committees, including chambers of commerce, economic development councils, city and county government, and non-profit organizations. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Board for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Chair of the Board for the Texas Association of Community Colleges, Board of Directors for Greater Houston Partnership, and on the Executive Committee for UpSkill Houston. She has been recognized with various awards, including: Western Region CEO of the Year from the Association of Community College Trustees, One of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women, and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.