New VP Price-Seeger brings experience to Victoria College
New Vice President for Instruction Marji Price-Seeger has been on the job since June 8.
Marji Price-Seeger

Marji Price-Seeger has acclimated well to her duties as Vice President of Instruction at Victoria College. Adjusting to the South Texas humidity is another story.

“The biggest thing for us to get used to here is the heat,” said Price-Seeger, who moved to Victoria along with her husband, Rory, from Montana to begin her new job on June 8. “Thank heavens for air conditioning.”

Price-Seeger served as vice president of academic affairs at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana, before accepting the position at VC. Prior to her tenure at Dawson CC, Price-Seeger was a dean of instruction at Oxnard College and San Bernardino Valley Colleges in California, and an associate dean at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington.

Price-Seeger said her biggest challenge of late at previous community colleges was overseeing curriculum and program development amid constant budget cuts. “The recession changed a lot of things for higher education and taught us a lot of hard lessons,” Price-Seeger said. “It was very stressful and challenging, and a real milestone in my career as an administrator to work with faculty to basically save colleges.”

A main reason Price-Seeger pursued the position at VC was the economic stability of the region.

“I was very attracted to the state of Texas,” Price-Seeger said. “The reputation of the schools here is strong on a national basis and the reputation of the state, financially, is strong. All of those things make for a nice, stable environment for schools.

“Victoria College also enjoys good ties with the community. It has all the things you really want to see in a community college.”

Price-Seeger, who acquired a master’s degree in education and a Master of Arts in organizational communication at Idaho State University, along with a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Utah University, said she was also impressed with other VC administrators.

“The leadership is critical for me because I report directly to the president,” Price-Seeger said. “The president’s vision and mine need to be in harmony. With David Hinds, you know what he is all about from the beginning. It’s a great opportunity to serve with somebody whose vision I can support.”

Along with learning how to cope with South Texas summers, Price-Seeger said she has a simple mission at VC.

“I just want to help make a really good college great, and see students succeed,” she said. “That’s my goal.”
Published: Wednesday, 13 July 2016
 

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