Biography

Dr. Brenda Hellyer

In 2009 Dr. Brenda Hellyer was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College, Texas’ seventh largest community college with 30,000 students, three campuses, and several extension centers. San Jacinto College is located in East Harris County surrounded by the Houston ship channel, petrochemical industry, and Johnson Space Center. Hellyer began her involvement with the College in 1996 as an inaugural director for the San Jacinto College Foundation. She served in a number of executive positions at the college, Executive Vice President for Resource Development, Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice Chancellor, before being appointed chancellor.

Prior to joining San Jacinto College, Hellyer worked in the corporate world as an accountant in both the private and public arena. Her experience ranged from mom and pop businesses to Fortune 500 companies to governmental agencies to entrepreneurial ventures in East Harris County.

She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate degree in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. She received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin in spring 2009. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Texas.

Dr. Hellyer is involved with various commissions, committees, and boards at the national, state and local levels. Currently, she serves on the Board of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the executive board and legislative committee of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Additionally, she served as chair of the board of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, she currently serves as chair of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, and is a board member of the Center for Houston’s Future. She is also a Rotarian and believes in being involved in the community through chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, and her church.

Hellyer has been recognized with various awards including: Administrator for Outstanding Support of Developmental Education award from the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE), Woman of Distinction award from the Bridge over Troubled Water, One of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Phi Theta Kappa – Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, Texas Region Hall of Honor for Chief Executive Officers, and the Paul Harris Fellowship Rotarian Award.