Four finalists chosen in search for new VC president

Victoria College’s Board of Trustees has announced four finalists in the search to replace David Hinds as VC president.

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

  • Dr. Mickey D. Best, campus president of New Mexico State University-Grants in Grants, N.M.
  • Dr. James Dire, chancellor of Methodist College in Peoria, Ill.
  • Dr. Robert Exley, president of Snead State Community College in Boaz, Ala.
  • Dr. Jennifer Kent, senior vice president of Ranger College in Ranger, Texas

Victoria College’s Board of Trustees plans to conduct on-campus interviews and forums on June 8-11.

Each candidate’s biography is posted at

“Victoria College has earned a strong reputation among community colleges in Texas and beyond, and it showed in the number of high-quality presidential candidates who applied for the position,” said V. Bland Proctor, VC Board of Trustees chair. “I am grateful for the diligent and thorough work of the search committee, and I am impressed with the caliber of the four finalists that it has recommended to the trustees. I know all of the trustees are excited to take the next step in the search process which will allow us, and the community, to learn more about each candidate and to determine who is best suited to lead VC into the future."

The search committee is composed of VC Board of Trustees Co-Chairs Catherine McHaney and Ron Walker, as well as representatives from VC administration, faculty, staff and students, the University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria ISD and the Victoria community.

Dr. David Hinds, VC president since 2015, announced in September his plans to retire in August. Following his announcement, a search committee was formed and several forums were held to gain input from VC employees 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.

“We encourage everyone to attend the open forums, whether they are virtual or in-person, to meet the finalists,” Proctor said. “All who attend will be asked to complete a feedback form, and the completed forms will be given to the Board of Trustees for review.”

Detailed information about the format, date and time of the forums will be announced at the end of May.

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