COE alumna named Kilgore College's first female president

Brenda Kays, a 2001 alumna of the UNT College of Education's Higher Education doctoral program, was unanimously selected Kilgore College's ninth president by the college's Board of Trustees Nov. 23. Kays, who has served as president of Stanly Community College in North Carolina since 2011, is Kilgore's first female president.

Kays is a former vice president of Student Learning and Success at Guilford Technical Community College (N.C.) and former Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Instructional Services at Vernon College (Texas).

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

Kilgore is a publicly supported, two-year comprehensive community college in Kilgore, Texas, about 25 miles east of Tyler. It serves more than 11,000 students each year.

Kays will begin work at Kilgore the first part of January.