Dr. Kim Ennis has been named president of Bevill State Community College. Jimmy H. Baker, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, announced the appointment by the Board of Trustees at their meeting held today at Lawson State Community College.
During Dr. Ennis’ 33-year tenure with Bevill State, she has served in a number of roles, including two terms as Interim President, Executive Vice-President, and Dean of Students. Because of this, she has developed a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the operations of the College, the students, the local constituents, and the communities served. Ennis has also been involved in the development of numerous partnerships to promote workforce and economic development. These partnerships have worked to serve not only Bevill State, but the communities in Bevill State’s service area.
“I have had the incredible privilege of calling Bevill State Community College my professional home and am honored to have this opportunity to lead the College. Now, I have a job to do. There are challenges with shared services across five locations. I have a vision of how to continue moving the College forward adhering to our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Also, I have an understanding of the complexity and importance of the numerous relationships that must be fostered and maintained to be successful as president of Bevill State. These include our local leadership, school systems, businesses, civic organizations, and the citizens of the communities we serve,” stated Dr. Ennis. The incoming President intends to hold town hall meetings in each of the communities served by BSCC following the Spring Semester.
“As a product of the two-year college system and with three decades of experience at Bevill State under her belt, there are few people who match Dr. Ennis’ experience and know-how when it comes to Alabama’s community colleges,” Baker said. “Dr. Ennis is a proven leader and I’m confident her continued service at Bevill State will take the Bears to new heights.”
As Bevill State continues to be a trailblazer in public/private partnerships and an innovator in workforce solutions, the new president intends to advance this positive momentum. However, the internal needs of the College will remain foremost in planning, with the objective to engage faculty and staff, and set expectations in such a way that all involved are raised to a higher level of motivation with a common purpose across Bevill State’s seven-county service area, emphasizing student success and retention. Dr. Ennis said, “I learned early on in my career to respect the role of faculty members. They are the employees that have the most contact with our students. Much of my work has been helping to pave the way for students to get into the classroom. Once there, I know that as an administrator it is my job to ensure that instructors have the tools necessary to give each student every opportunity to be successful.”
“The long-term health of this institution is paramount to me,” Ennis said. “Bevill State is an exemplary institution of higher learning. It is a valuable and necessary resource for the citizens of this region. My intent is to lead the College strategically, with a focus on efficiency, ensuring our students have access to a successful future.”
Bevill State Community College is a public, two-year, "open door" institution, committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services for people in West Central Alabama and beyond. Bevill State is a member of the Alabama Community College System of community, junior, and technical colleges. Bevill State's four main campuses, and one instructional site, offer university parallel and applied technology educational opportunities to over one-quarter million people in a seven-county area. This service area spans over 4,600 square miles, from the Birmingham city limits to the Mississippi state line.