Bland Proctor was named the new chairman of the Victoria College Board of Trustees during the board’s May 21 meeting.
Proctor, who has served as the District 3 representative on Victoria College’s Board of Directors since 2011, replaced Ron Walker, who stepped down after a 10-year tenure as chairman in May.
“It’s an honor to be elected by my fellow trustees to assume the chairman’s position, and I am humbled to be following Ron Walker’s tenure of exemplary leadership,” said Proctor, who is a Victoria attorney. “Exciting times are ahead for VC, and I look forward to working with VC President Dr. David Hinds and his outstanding administrative team.”
“I would like to publicly and personally thank Ron for his mentorship as I came on as a new president at Victoria College almost three years ago,” Hinds said. “We are excited to have Bland Proctor take over as chair of our Board of Trustees at Victoria College.”
Luis Guerra will continue to serve as vice chair, and John Zacek will take over the role of secretary. Walker will remain as a trustee.
“Bland has the full support of his fellow board members,” Hinds said. “He is a long-serving member and will bring his many talents, intellect and dedication to bear in this new role. We are fortunate at VC to have such a dedicated board.”
Proctor said he looks forward to addressing challenges facing higher education.
“While maintaining the long-standing practice of sound budgeting and fiscal effectiveness, we will address the modern-day challenges facing higher education and ensure that Victoria College has what it needs to prepare our students for the demands of the modern-day workforce,” Proctor said.
“Whether it is an associate degree or a certificate, a post-high school education increases one’s earning potential and improves quality of life. Our entire area benefits when more of our citizens are equipped with high earning skills. To improve upon this outcome, we need to continue working with our valued partners, including our school districts, the University of Houston-Victoria and the business community.”