• Dr. Kerry Mix
    Dr. Kerry Keith Mix

    Distinguished Alumnus of the Year & Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Kerry Keith Mix, San Jacinto College Dean of Enrollment Services

    Dr. Kerry Keith Mix attained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronic Servicing from CBC in 2001. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, Texas. He then went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program with a Doctorate in Educational Administration.

    It makes us proud to hear when our students consider themselves a product of a community college, as Mix does. As an educator and leader, Mix is passionate about student success and dedicated to the mission of community colleges. His time as a CBC student and an instructor helped give him the knowledge and experience he needed to embark on a career in higher education where he helps transform lives each and every day.

    “I did not know what I was going to do [after high school], but I knew I needed a degree.  That was it; my goal was getting a degree.  A degree would provide me the opportunity and options I saw others have. As a student, CBC prepared me for the rigor of upper division courses.  As a faculty member, it paved the way for me to understand the meaning of student success. Community colleges are the foundational component of America’s workforce,” Mix said.

    Since 2011, Mix has served as the Dean of Enrollment Services for San Jacinto College’s (SJC) South Campus located in Houston, Texas. As the dean of enrollment services, he is responsible for campus-based operations in the enrollment services, financial aid, testing, and veteran offices. During his career in higher education, Mix has heard about the skepticism regarding community colleges. He believes a simple change in mindset, and a presentation of the facts, can help bridge the community and the college. 

    “They literally put the word ‘community’ in our colleges’ names because it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to educate one. Community colleges foster success. We are not a revolving door. We care about access, success, and quality. We are holding ourselves to higher standards. Our degree and completion rates are increasing every year. It’s those intangibles that make CBC, or any community college, an amazing place to be. We need people to be a part of the college–it will then become a true community college,” Mix explained.

    Although Mix is helping mold our next generation of great thinkers and leaders, he gives a lot of credit to former CBC instructor Frank Anzaldua, whom he still remains in contact with to this day, “His mentorship provided the cornerstone of my educational career. He developed my classroom teaching, and his U.S. Army influenced leadership style helped me transition into administration.”

    Long-time CBC History and Humanities Professor Ed Massey was also one of Mix’s influences.

    “I love it when our students leave and become really successful. He always did really well in my class, and when he came full circle and started teaching here, well you can’t beat that,” Massey said.

    After reading about his accomplishments, it may be hard to believe that as a dual credit student at A.C. Jones High School Mix thought attending a four-year college seemed like an unattainable goal. Four degrees and several certifications later, he’s proved himself a bona fide  success story.

    “What started at CBC truly transformed my life. Each degree challenged me to move forward.  I often credit much of my success for the foundation I received at CBC.”