BRENHAM, WASHINGTON COUNTY After 33 years of service on Blinn College’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Henry Boehm Jr. announced his resignation during the College’s regular board meeting Tuesday night.
Boehm, who was first elected to the board in 1980, was serving his fifth term.
“It has been an honor to serve alongside Dr. Henry Boehm and witness first-hand his dedication to Blinn College and the community,” said Board President Douglas Borchardt. “Throughout his 33 years on the board, he has always placed the best interests of our students at the forefront of his decision-making and he will always be a dear friend to this College.”
Boehm has helped guide Blinn through a period of unprecedented expansion during the past four decades. During his tenure on the board, Blinn has opened campuses in Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy and seen enrollment leap from 2,502 to 18,443 this Fall.
With that enrollment growth came a construction boom, including the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center, the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex, the Brenham campus Administration Building, the J. Hal and Allyne Machat Music Facility, student apartments and the Bert and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Hall. Additionally, Blinn’s Health Sciences Division is housed at the 53,000-square foot Texas A&M Health Science Center.
“When I was hired, Dr. Boehm was the first to call and welcome me to Blinn,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, district president. “His decades of service and willingness to serve as an ambassador for Blinn College and the values it represents are an inspiration to us all.”
Boehm’s term representing Precinct 3 expires in May 2017. The College will appoint a replacement to serve until the next general election in May 2015.
A well-known Brenham physician, Boehm was valedictorian of his Brenham High School class prior to earning his Associate of Arts degree from Blinn in 1957. He attended the University of Texas with a 4.0 grade-point average and graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston cum laude M.D. in 1962.
Boehm has served as a physician partner for the Brenham Clinic Association and as chief of staff at Bohne, St. Jude and Trinity Medical Center hospitals in Brenham. He was named Outstanding Young Man of Washington County and Most Dedicated to his Profession, and is a past director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the United Way and the Brenham Jaycees. He is a past president of the 100 Club of Washington County and the Brenham Rotary Club, and is an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he has served in many capacities.
He was named to Blinn’s Hall of Honor in 2006.
“Blinn has become an institution of the first class and is a vital part of the educational, cultural and economic life of Brenham and Washington County,” Boehm said in a letter to the board. “In my 30-plus years of service on the Board of Trustees, I have been very proud to have had a part in the College’s growth in both size and quality.”
Founded in 1883, Blinn’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu
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