Residents invited to meet three finalists for next Victoria College president

Victoria College’s Board of Trustees has invited three finalists for the next president of Victoria College to visit the Main Campus June 2-4 to meet VC students, faculty, staff and community members.

The Presidential Search Committee recently interviewed semifinalists and recommended the following candidates:

  • Dr. David Hinds, senior vice president, instructional affairs, Allegany College of Maryland
  • Dr. Colleen Smith, district senior vice president of Collin College in McKinney, Texas
  • Dr. Patrick Vaughn, vice president for academic affairs of St. Louis Community College, Wildwood Campus in Wildwood, Mo.

Hinds was recently invited to join the finalist list and replaced Dr. Anthony (Tony) Kinkel, president of Wichita Area Technical College, who withdrew his name from consideration to accept a position elsewhere.

Vaughn will be on campus June 2, Hinds on June 3, and Smith on June 4. Each of the three finalists will meet separately in the VC Student Center with:

  • Students from 10-10:45 a.m.
  • Faculty and staff from 11 a.m.-noon
  • Community members from 3-4 p.m in an open forum

Biographies and additional information on each candidate are posted at

“The quality of the finalists and semifinalists is a reflection of the hard work the search committee has been doing over the last few months,” said Ron Walker, VC Board of Trustees chair. “The board will interview the three finalists and take comments from their meetings with various groups and narrow it down to one.”

The search committee is composed of VC Board of Trustees Secretary V. Bland Proctor and Vice Chair Luis Guerra, as well as representatives from VC faculty, staff and students, the University of Houston-Victoria, VISD and the Victoria community.

Dr. Tom Butler, VC president since 2008, announced in January his plans to retire Aug. 31. Following his announcement, a search committee was formed and several forums were held to gain input from VC faculty, staff and students as well as community members. Ideas gathered at the forums were used to create a Presidential Profile, which identifies the College’s future priorities and the ideal characteristics of the future president.

The announcement of the next president of Victoria College is expected in mid-June.


Dr. David Hinds
Dr. Colleen Smith
Dr. Patrick Vaughn


Published: Thursday, 28 May 2015

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