Board of Trustees
Robert Poland Jr., President
Tim Stacy, Vice President
Trey Henderson, Secretary
Members of the Board
Billy G. Kistler, M.D.
Ellen C. Temple
Michael J. Simon Ed.D.
Tel: (936) 633-5201
Cynthia Casparis, Ed.D., M.Ed.
Vice President and Dean of Instruction
Tel: (936) 633-5201
Dean of Community Services
Tel: (936) 633-5204
Angelina College: A Great Place to Start
The Angelina County Junior College District was established by an election in September 24, 1966. The Education Committee of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the college district. At its regular meeting on December 12, 1966, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Jack W. Hudgins, Dean of Grayson County College, as the first president of Angelina College. Construction of the original seven-building campus started in November of 1967. Angelina College opened its doors to 600 students in the fall of 1968 in six instructional buildings.
Upon the retirement of Dr. Hudgins, in January 1991, the Board elected Dr. Larry Phillips as the second President of Angelina College. During Dr. Phillips’ tenure, the College District experienced significant enrollment growth, facility expansion, and opened four off-campus instructional centers in Jasper, Houston, Nacogdoches, and Polk counties. Dr. Phillips’ also formed partnerships to host the Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Buckner Family Place, and the Angelina Arts Alliance on the Lufkin campus.
Upon the retirement of Dr. Phillips, on June 1, 2015, the Board elected Dr.Michael J. Simon as the third President of Angelina College.
Angelina College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degree levels – Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Angelina College.
Angelina College was established to fulfill an educational need of the community. The elected board subscribes to excellence in instruction, programs, and services provided to the college district and the service area.
Through educational services, the college is committed to helping a wide range of individuals prepare for successful living in a rapidly changing and highly technological world. Angelina College also serves the general, dynamic needs of the changing community in an open enrollment environment.
Involvement and interaction between the college and the community are essential to ensure relevance and vitality in educational programs and services and to enhance the economic, cultural, and social life of the community. This commitment is based on the idea that lifelong learning is necessary for the maintenance and improvement of a democratic society and that education helps maximize people’s opportunity.
Statement of Mission
The mission of Angelina College is to provide quality educational opportunities and services to aid students in reaching their full potential.
The College mission embodies the following seven institutional goals:
A. ACCESS – Angelina College will deliver and expand educational opportunities and services. The College will provide physical, economic, and academic opportunities post-secondary education and lifelong learning.
B. QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL OUTCOMES – The College will emphasize quality instruction and success of students transferring to four-year institutions of higher education, placement in technical-occupational areas, and personal growth.
C. PARTNERSHIPS – QUALITY OF LIFE – Angelina College will build community partnerships that foster economic development, promote educational opportunities through articulation with other educational institutions, and improve quality of life for East Texans.
D. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – The College will maintain a learning environment designed to enhance intellectual, social, and physical development.
E. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – Resources and fiscal matters of the College will be managed in a sound and prudent manner while enhancing educational offerings and the physical environment. Planning and evaluation will yield comparable productivity measures with state and national standards.
F. PERSONNEL LEADERSHIP – The College will provide leadership for our service area through a diverse, competent, dedicated faculty and staff who reflect the educational expectations of our community.
G. IMAGE – The College will succeed in projecting a positive image to its students and the community.
The College mission is realized in the statutory purpose as follows:
1. Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences leading to an associate degree and/or transferring to general academic, professional and applied baccalaureate degree programs.
2. Technical programs leading to associate degrees or certificates.
3. Workforce education programs leading directly to employment.
4. Workforce development programs designed to meet local, regional, and statewide needs.
5. Academic readiness services designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students.
6. A continuing program of services designed to assist students in achieving their educational goals.
7. Continuing adult education programs for occupational or personal growth.
8. Literacy and other basic programs for adults.
Other purposes will be added as may be prescribed by the Texas higher Education Coordinating Board, or the District’s Board, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or the District’s Board, Texas Education Code, 130.003(e).
The College mission is evident in the following philosophy:
Angelina College was established to fulfill an educational need of the community. The elected board subscribes to excellence in instruction, programs, and services provided to the college district and to the service area.
The College will assist a diverse student population to prepare for a rapidly changing and highly technological world through quality educational programs and services. Angelina College is also committed to serving the needs of a changing community through an open enrollment policy.
An active relationship between the College and the community is essential to ensure relevance and vitality in educational programs and services, and to enhance the economic, cultural, and social life of the community. This commitment is based on the idea that lifelong learning is vital to maintain and improve a democratic society and that education maximizes opportunities for all people.
For further information about Angelina College, call (963) 639-1301.