Board of Trustees special meeting Sept. 30

The Black Hawk College Board of Trustees has come to a unanimous consensus to enter into negotiations with Dr. Thomas B. Baynum to become President of Black Hawk College. The board will hold a special meeting Friday, Sept. 30, to proceed with negotiations with Dr. Baynum.

I want to thank everyone for their involvement and input into this selection process, and especially the Presidential Search Committee, Black Hawk College board members and the Black Hawk College employee community. It was a very professional, thorough and open process, which I feel has resulted in the best choice for Black Hawk College.

Thank you,
Evelyn Phillips
Chair, Black Hawk College Board of Trustees


Dr. Thomas B. Baynum

Dr. Thomas B. Baynum
Dr. Baynum has served as President of Coastal Bend College since July 2007. As president, he serves as the executive officer of the board and chief administrative officer for the institution, interpreting College objectives and activities to the community and conversely acting as spokesman for the community to college personnel. Dr. Baynum also served as the Chief Academic Officer of the institution from January 2008 to August 2010, overseeing the transfer and workforce programs, faculty and staff.

Previously, Dr. Baynum served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas; as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Richland Community College in Decatur, Ill.; and as Coordinator for Arts & Humanities at Northwest College, one of the Houston Community Colleges.

Dr. Baynum earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and French and his Master’s Degree in English Education from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. He then completed a year as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant with the French Government in Arles, France, before studying and teaching part-time at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. After moving to Texas, he earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Baylor University. He has also participated in post-doctoral studies in Educational Management at Harvard University.