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VC names trustee to fill vacant position

By KBell
Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:25 a.m.

Bland Proctor

STUDENT SUCCESS COMMITTEE

The VC Board of Trustees also approved the creation of a new Student Success Committee.

Josie Rivera will chair the committee, and Kay McHaney and Bland Proctor will serve as members.

The committee will look for ways to ensure student success and retention at VC, Rivera said.

The committee will kick off brainstorming ideas for student success at its retreat next week.

A Victoria College committee recommended at a special meeting Tuesday a District 3 trustee to fill the seat left vacant by Roger Welder.

The board of trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Bland Proctor, who is expected to be sworn in next week as VC's newest trustee.

"I'm honored and ready to go," Proctor, 44, said.

Proctor is an attorney from Victoria who has proven his commitment to education in the Crossroads, said committee chairwoman Kay McHaney.

He "has worked with us in education areas for an extended amount of time," she told the board. "We were all aware of his immediate, right now, up-to-date interest in education."

Before graduating from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree and the University of Houston with a degree in law, Proctor attended St. Joseph High School.

He was on the school board at St. Joseph for six years, three of which were spent as chairman.

Proctor also served on the University of Houston-Victoria's committee for downward expansion and on state Rep. Geanie Morrison's Crossroads Commission on Education.

"I certainly have a keen interest in education in Victoria," Proctor said. "VC's been a strong asset to the community, and I think it will see continued importance as our area strives for a more vibrant economy."

McHaney said the committee received from the elections administrator a list of people eligible to serve as District 3 trustee. The committee pored over the names and came up with a list of about eight to 10 people they thought were qualified for the job, with Proctor coming out on top.

In the spring, Proctor traveled with VC President Tom Butler and another volunteer to Amarillo to meet with community leaders about how the city is meeting its demographic's education needs. During the meetings, Proctor said the group came back with ideas for how to bring more students to VC who would otherwise not go to college.

After being sworn in, Proctor will next week join the rest of the board at a retreat and conference for a crash course on the board's work.

"I'm honored to have been appointed. I look forward to working with the board and the community to maintain VC's strong presence in the community and to seize its opportunities," Proctor said.

Proctor's grandfather, Fred Proctor, also served on VC's Board of Trustees.

He will fill the position until the end of Welder's term in 2014, at which time he can run for election.

Welder resigned in September to join the University of Houston Board of Regents.

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