President’s Welcome

Welcome to Kilgore College!

I am so pleased that you have opted to explore the abundant opportunities that exist for students at Kilgore College (KC).  Pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities is an exciting time in every student’s life.  Whether you are a recent high school graduate or are looking to return to school in order to hone your workforce skills or acquire credentials, you will find a learning environment at the college that is focused on you and your success.  We pride ourselves in being able to meet students where they are and propel them to where they want to be.

There is something for everyone at Kilgore College.  You will find that KC offers access to an affordable high-quality education.  The college has a strong reputation as an institution where student learning and student success are given top priority.  College faculty provide quality learning experiences in an environment that is collaborative and supportive.

At KC you aren’t just a number on a registration form—we treat you as an individual and seek to meet your individualized needs in a holistic manner.  Our professional staff stands poised to help you obtain your educational and career goals through the many services and activities offered through the college.

We understand that students lead busy lives and require flexible learning environments.  Often job or family responsibilities make it difficult to attend classes in a face-to-face setting.  Kilgore College offers both hybrid (partially online) and totally online programs and classes to help meet your educational goals while still maintaining your other life roles.

At Kilgore College we never forget that students have a choice in where and how to pursue their education.

I sincerely hope that you will entrust Kilgore College with helping you to make your educational goals and dreams come true!

Sincerely yours,

Brenda S. Kays, Ed.D.
President, Kilgore College

Dr. Kays’ career as a community college educator, both in Texas and in the North Carolina System, spans over 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, chief instructional officer, and college president.  Prior to being named the ninth president of Kilgore College (KC) in 2016, Dr. Kays served as the fourth President of Stanly Community College (SCC) in North Carolina and is the first woman to serve in both of those capacities. She earned her Doctorate from the University of North Texas in Applied Technology, Training, and Development. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Midwestern State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dr. Kays holds and has held membership in numerous local, state, and national organizations, including most recently the Board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Executive Council; Vice-President and Legislative Chair for the Texas Association of Community Colleges; National Center for Inquiry and Improvement:  Rural Leader Learning Community; Arts!Longview Board of Directors, and Rotary International.  Additionally, in the Fall of 2021, Dr. Kays was appointed to the Texas Commission on Community College Finance by Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Dade Phelan.