The Panola College Board of Trustees invites applications for the position of President of Panola College. Panola College is a comprehensive, two-year higher education institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The College offers associate degrees, certificates, skills certification, workforce/economic development programs, and literacy education.
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 75 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
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.
Panola College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Panola College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Panola College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Panola College was reaccredited in 2020 for an additional 10 years.
The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.
Executive Search Committee
Mr. Kevin Smith, Trustee – Committee Chair
Dr. Kevin Rutherford, Faculty Member, Panola Faculty Association President
Mr. Daron McDaniel, Faculty Member
Mrs. Annissa Jackson, Faculty Member
Mr. Alan Howard, Vice President of Fiscal Services
Mrs. Denise Welch, Director of Financial Aid
Mrs. Whitney McBee, Director of Workforce and Continuing Education
Mr. Jody Harris, Director of Admissions/Registrar
Ms. Kaycee McKnight, Secretary to the VP Student Services
Mrs. Toni Biggs, Panola College Foundation Chair
Mr. Lyle Harriman, Student Representative, Student Government Association Member
Dr. Greg Powell, President – Ex Officio
Mr. Jeremy Dorman, Director of Human Resources – Ex Officio
Executive Search Committee Meetings:
THE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED.
It is the mission of the human resources office to provide the following quality services to the employees of Panola College:
- Recruitment of qualified individuals.
- Retention of valuable employees.
- Professional development to promote individual success and increase overall value to the institution.
- A safe and healthful working environment.
- Resources for administering benefits, policies and procedures.
These services are achieved through a team-work philosophy that is inspired through effective organizational skills, proactive efforts and maintaining a balance between professionalism and a relaxed atmosphere.
Panola College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in its educational program, employment policies or activities.
It is our policy to provide Equal Employment Opportunity in full compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1967, as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 (Section 503, 504); the Vietnam Era Veterans Acceptance Act of 1974; Texas Statutes 6252-14-V.A.T.S. and 6252-16-V.A.T.S.; Executive Orders 11246 and 11758; the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.