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04/22/08 - Kilgore

New VP of Student Development Named At Kilgore College

After an extensive search, Kilgore College President Dr. William Holda is pleased to announce that Mike Jenkins has been chosen to take over this summer as Kilgore College's new Vice President of Student Development. 

Jenkins will take over for David Castles, who is retiring this summer after 35 years of service to KC.  Castles has served at KC since 1974, most recently in the role of VP of Student Development and Athletic Director, since 2001. 

Jenkins has been employed at the college since 1991 and is currently the college's director of human resources.  He is in the process of completing his Doctorate of Business Administration in Human Resources from Northcentral University in Prescott, Ariz.

"I am so excited for this new opportunity to serve Kilgore College," Jenkins said.  "I truly look forward to working with the students and staff who support our students on a daily basis."

The search process for a new vice president began this spring and six finalists, three internal and three external, were interviewed this month.  Faculty, staff, student development personnel and board members were invited to participate in the process.  The three internal candidates were interviewed by all interested employees in several question and answer sessions held on the KC campus.

"It was a very complete and thorough process.  We spent a lot of time interviewing and checking references," Holda said.  "After careful deliberation, thought and discussion, I decided that Mike was the best selection for the needs of KC at this point in the life of our institution. I feel that he will do a great job of guiding the student development department."

Holda said that all three internal applicants were extremely strong and brought a unique mix of talents and gifts to KC. 

"Our internal candidates all showed a great potential for future roles at KC," Holda said.  "Additionally, we spent a great deal of time in multiple interviews with three external candidates - two females and one male - all of whom had previous extensive student development experience."

Holda said that despite the time and serious consideration given to the external candidates, they did not rise to the level of the internal applicants.

Also, Jimmy Rieves, who serves as the college's assistant athletic director and director of student development and student success, is scheduled to assume the additional duties of athletic director upon Castles' departure.

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