Published:
Wednesday, October 28th 2015

Four finalists named for KC president position; public forums set for each candidate

The Kilgore College Board of Trustees accepted applications for the position of president of the college through Oct. 10.

After reviewing a large pool of qualified candidates, completing background checks and references, the search committee has named four finalists.

The search committee is comprised of Board Secretary Karol Pruett; Board Vice President James Walker; trustee Joe Carrington and college employees D'Wayne Shaw and Brandon Walker.

The finalists listed below will undergo extensive interviews on a one-day campus visit with the possibility that one of them will be named the ninth president of Kilgore College.

There will be two open forums on each interview day where KC faculty/staff, students and the community will have an opportunity to ask questions of the finalists.

Finalists and campus visit/interview dates:

  • Dr. Kyle Wagner – Thursday, Nov. 5
  • Dr. Mark Smith – Tuesday, Nov. 10
  • Dr. Brenda Kays – Thursday, Nov. 12
  • Dr. Lynn Moore – Monday, Nov. 16

The forums will be held from 1:15 to 2 p.m. and 2:15 to 3 p.m. on each scheduled interview day on the second floor of the McLaurin Administration Building.

Additional information (candidates listed in alphabetical order by last name):

Dr. Brenda Kays:

  • Current position: President, Stanly Community College, North Carolina
  • Former Vice President Student Learning & Success, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina
  • Former Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Instructional Services, Vernon College, Texas
  • Ed.D. from University of North Texas at Denton

Dr. Lynn Moore:

  • Current position: President, Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
  • Former Vice President -Administrative Services & Student Development, Umpqua Community College, Oregon
  • Former Dean of Students, Hill College District, Texas
  • Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Mark Smith:

  • Current position: Vice President of Educational Services at Temple College
  • Former College Director of Student Affairs and Distance Learning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Former Airborne Computer/Radar Instructor Supervisor, United States Air Force
  • Ph.D. from Capella University

Dr. Kyle Wagner:

  • Current position: Vice President Instruction & Economic Development, Coastal Bend College, Texas
  • Former Vice President of Workforce Innovations & Education, Mid-South Community College, Arkansas
  • Former Assistant Dean, Aerospace & Related Technologies, Salt Lake Community College, Utah
  • Ph.D. from Capella University

PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. Kyle Wagner addresses the audience during a public forum Nov. 5 in the administration building.  Photo by Jon Vashey/KC