Dr. Pace


Welcome to Panola College! 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Panola College. I am excited to introduce you to a place where individual attention and supportive faces define our academic environment. 

Panola College stands out for its commitment to student success and affordable education. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to guide and support you every step of the way, ensuring you have the tools and resources needed to achieve your academic goals. Whether you're planning to transfer to a university or pursue a career straight out of college, our rigorous academics and supportive environment will prepare you for success.

Our campus is not only a hub for learning but also a vibrant community known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere. From state-of-the-art facilities to innovative educational technologies, we strive to provide the highest quality instruction that meets the needs of today's learners. Whether you're interested in our pathway degree programs or specialized certificates, your time at Panola College promises to be transformative.

What truly sets Panola apart is our passionate community of students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to fostering a supportive and enriching environment. We encourage you to explore all that our campus has to offer – attend a campus tour, join us for a fine arts event or athletic game, or simply unwind with your favorite Starbucks drink in hand. Your journey starts here, and I look forward to welcoming you to our campus.

Warm regards,

Dr. Jessica Pace

Vision, Values, and Mission

Statement of Vision

Panola College is committed to excellence in instructional programs, student services, service to community, and leadership in economic development and cultural enrichment in the region.

Statement of Values

  • Commitment to learning: We believe in the importance of lifelong learning and will teach all students to obtain, to evaluate and to use information.
  • Commitment to citizenship: We are committed to improving the human condition through learning, and we strive to be a model for individuals of the community.
  • Commitment to diversity: We believe the College should provide access to programs and services to a diverse community of men and women of all races, religions, origins, backgrounds, interests, and abilities.
  • Commitment to the concept of global community: We will cultivate in our students an understanding of the people of all cultures of the world.
  • Commitment to fiscal responsibility: We believe in fulfilling the College's mission and its obligations to its students, faculty, staff, and community at-large with policies that ensure fiscal responsibility.
  • Commitment to faculty and staff: We recognize the importance and contribution of all individuals who collectively create a learning environment and believe that all members of the college community should have the opportunity to obtain purposeful, gratifying, and productive lives.
  • Commitment to a quality campus environment: We recognize the importance of providing a work and learning environment which is characterized by integrity, clear communications, open exchange of ideas, involvement in decision making, and respect for all individuals.

Statement of Mission

Panola College is dedicated to providing excellence in education. The range of educational offerings includes university transfer programs, workforce programs, instruction designed to increase academic proficiencies, and continuing education to enrich lives and improve skills. Our aim is to engage students to achieve success.

History of Panola College

"The future looks bright, and Panola Junior College is eagerly looking forward to the years to come." - The Pony Express (February 9, 1949)

In just more than 65 years, Panola College has grown in both size and in the scope of its services offered to its students and its community. The school, which was established in 1947, was created to provide young people with the opportunity to earn the first two years of a traditional baccalaureate. The services the College offers have expanded greatly to meet community needs, providing a wide range of educational and training opportunities to citizens of all ages.

The College began operating temporary buildings before the first two permanent buildings were erected in 1949. A 35-acre campus at the junction of Texas state Highway 315 and U.S. 79 in Carthage has been the school's home since its inception. There are now nineteen permanent buildings with more than 135 acres available for expansion in the coming century.

In addition to a comprehensive community college in Carthage, the school offers a variety of instructional opportunities in a four-county service area including Harrison, Marion, and Shelby counties. These three counties became part of the college's official service area by legislative act in 1995.

Enrollment at the College has grown from fewer than 100 students at the first registration in January of 1948 to over 2,600. The College provides many services which enrich the lives of individuals in the region.

In 1998 Panola College requested authority to offer distance learning classes and presently offers several distance learning degrees.

Since 2000 enrollment at Panola College has grown by more than 89 percent. Today, more than 2,700 credit students and 1,400 Workforce and Continuing Education students are enrolled in one of 56 programs of study offered through Panola College.

During the regular meeting of the Panola College Board, the trustees, in a unanimous vote, approved calling for a bond election to be held May 11, 2013. The bond passed with an overwhelming 84 percent of voters’ support.

The College’s original 35-acre campus has expanded to 48 acres through the purchase of property east and contiguous to the original campus.

Completed and ongoing construction and renovation projects include the following:

  • M.P. Baker Library renovation and expansion
  • New student apartments (160 additional beds) constructed
  • Arthur Johnson Gymnasium renovated
  • Roy Monk Building renovated
  • Health and Natural Sciences Building constructed
  • Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center constructed
  • Smith Building renovated
  • Frances B. Ross Music Building constructed
  • Added additional parking, lighting, and directional signage
  • Matthews Foundation Energy Building constructed
  • Transportation facility constructed
  • New commercial grade laundromat
  • Sid Baker Turner Memorial Chapel renovated
  • Added artificial turf and stadium seating at Baseball Field
  • Upgraded Rodeo Facilities with new barn and stalls
  • New outdoor classroom
  • New performance pavilion in the Quad
  • Added Frances B. Ross Millennium Clock Tower, water fountain with 1.5 size bronze Pony statue, 15 ton Floating Granite Fountain

Panola College Cares: Let us hear your Compliments or Concerns!

We welcome your comments, whether you have a compliment or a concern. The Office of Human Resources assists in either addressing these or routing them to the appropriate office.

Individuals may use this avenue to submit complaints against our institution. The Director of Human Resources will review your remarks and either respond to you or forward the complaint to the appropriate person on campus that can best address your concerns.