Brazosport College President Millicent M. Valek shares plans for 2022

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Brazosport College President Millicent M. Valek shares plans for 2022

Brazosport College President Millicent M. Valek shares plans for 2022

Wed Mar 17, 2021

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Dr. Millicent M. Valek, president of Brazosport College (BC), has announced her intentions to retire in January 2022.

Dr. Valek became the fourth president of BC in 1996 and is the college’s longest serving president, now in her 25thyear as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining BC, Dr. Valek served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arizona Western College and as Director of Faculty Development at Austin Community College. She is a proud Longhorn, having earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

During her tenure, she led Brazosport College to many achievements, including being named twice by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the nation. Additionally, she has guided through recovery and response efforts to Hurricane Ike in 2008, Hurricane Harvey in 2018 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Dr. Valek’s leadership, Brazosport College has been designated a Leader College of Distinction by Achieving the Dream, gained legislative authority to offer one of the first baccalaureate degrees at a Texas community college, successfully completed two capital campaigns and a bond referendum election which paved the way in building The Clarion at Brazosport College; the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College; the BASF Center for Process Technology; the Byron and Sandra Sadler Health Professions/Science Complex; the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab; the Bill & Julia May Children’s Center, the Corporate Learning Center at Brazosport College, the MEGlobal Student Pavilion, as well as the revitalization of the Library & Student Resource Center.

A hallmark of her presidency has been the development of a dynamic strategic planning process leading to the accomplishment of major initiatives for the college and the community it serves. Representative examples include:

  • Establishment and launch of the Brazosport College JumpStart program, a highly successful nine-week program developed in 2014 with local industry to meet the demand for skilled craft workers needed for construction projects in Brazoria County.

  • Creation of the Catalyst Program, a collaborative partnership with the four-service area public school districts, Angleton ISD, Brazosport ISD, Columbia-Brazoria ISD and Sweeny ISD, which is an innovative dual credit program designed to support the completion of an associate’s degree within one year of high school, and provides students a defined path and expedited timeline to a degree and career after graduation.

  • Establishment of ACE it, an intrusive advising program for all first-time Brazosport College students.  These efforts have led to an 18-percent increase in graduation rates and significant reduction in the number of credit hours to degree completion.

“Brazosport College has grown and prospered because of Dr. Valek’s visionary leadership and 25 years of dedicated service. She has been instrumental in leading the college through two master plans which fueled the creation and building of new facilities, programs, and opportunities on the Brazosport College campus for our community. Dr. Valek will be sorely missed at Brazosport College, but we are thrilled for her to experience this next chapter of her life with her husband, John May. On behalf of the Brazosport College Board of Regents, we thank Dr. Valek for her leadership, and we admire her dedication, work ethic, and commitment to student success at Brazosport College,” said Chair of Brazosport College’s Board of Regents, Carolyn Johnson.

“It is my great honor to serve as the President of Brazosport College. It is a privilege to work with an outstanding Board of Regents, faculty and staff and Foundation Board as well as great community, industry, and educational partners.  Working together, we have accomplished goals that truly make a difference in the lives of our students and the community we serve,” said Dr. Valek. “I look forward to a robust plan of work leading into 2022 as we continue to keep our eye on the North Star—student success.”