Published:
Thursday, December 10th 2015

KC Board of Trustees approves contract for new president

The Kilgore Board of Trustees approved tonight a two-year, eight month contract for incoming president Dr. Brenda Kays.

The term of the contract is from Jan. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Annual salary for Kays will be $200,000 (prorated to $133,334 for the remainder of fiscal year 2016).

She will use her own personal automobile for business and professional travel but will receive an annual automobile travel allowance of $10,000 to be paid in monthly installments for gas, insurance, repairs, maintenance and other expenses of automobile operation.

Kays comes from Stanly Community College (N.C.) where she has served as president since 2011.

As the first woman president in college history, she will succeed Dr. William M. “Bill” Holda who has served as president of KC since Sept. 1, 1996.  Holda will retire as president effective Jan. 31, 2016.

Kays is a former Vice President of Student Learning and Success at Guilford Technical Community College (N.C.) and former Chief Academic

Officer and Dean of Instructional Services at Vernon College (Texas).

She earned a Master of Education in counseling from Midwestern State University and a Doctorate of Education from the University of North Texas in Denton.

Kays will begin work at Kilgore the first part of January.