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"The Future of Blinn"

The idea of a RELLIS Campus "Academic Alliance" was born in late April 2016 when Texas A&M University System officials presented the concept to a very open-minded and enthusiastic Blinn College chancellor, Dr. Mary Hensley.

Dr. Hensley talks about that meeting and its immediate aftermath and the decision that may change her institution forever.


Dr. Mary Hensley became Blinn College’s 15th president in May 2015, and has served as the Chancellor of the Blinn College District since 2017. Previously, she served the Austin Community College District for 14 years, including six and a half as Executive Vice President for College Operations. With experience in both K-12 and higher education, Hensley has served as a teacher, counselor, middle school principal, high school principal, director of secondary education, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent in the Ysleta, Socorro and Round Rock school districts. Hensley holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Doctor of Education from Baylor University. She also holds elementary, professional counseling, supervisor, mid-management and superintendent certificates.