Jennifer Kent named sixth president of Victoria College

Dr. Jennifer Kent

Dr. Jennifer Kent has been selected as the sixth president of Victoria College by the VC Board of Trustees.

The board unanimously approved a two-year contract for Kent during its July 20 meeting. Kent will assume the duties as president in August from Dr. David Hinds, who is retiring after leading VC since 2015.

VC Board of Trustees Chairman Bland Proctor said the board is confident in the leadership the new president will provide to Victoria College and the region.

“We are excited to have Dr. Kent taking the helm at Victoria College,” Proctor said. “Her background and experience demonstrate a keen ability to engage with students, faculty and the community to focus on student success. We are confident that she will maintain and enhance Victoria College’s distinguished traditions of leadership, vision and impact.”

The board unanimously voted at a special meeting on June 11 to name Kent as the sole finalist in the search for the next president of Victoria College.

Kent, a first-generation college student in her family, is currently the senior vice president of Ranger College and has served in education for 23 years. She previously served as principal of Early High School before accepting her current position at Ranger College in 2017. She is familiar with the Crossroads area, as she started her career in education as a teacher and coach at Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca.

Kent earned a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tarleton State University.

Kent, who is Victoria College’s first female president, said she and her husband, Doug, and son, Maddox, are excited to become a part of the Victoria College family and community.

“It is an honor to be named the president of Victoria College, and I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to serve students, faculty, staff and community,” Kent said.