Sylvia McMullen, a 30-year veteran in education leadership, business development, project management and marketing research, was recently named the director of the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl to be held at Kyle Field on Dec. 1. The game is estimated to bring $1 million in economic activity to the region during the historically sluggish month of December.
The Brazos Valley Bowl presented by Blinn College has selected Sylvia McMullen to head operations during its inaugural year.
The 30-year veteran in education leadership, business development, project management and marketing research will direct preparation for the bowl’s first contest December 1st.
McMullen, who has called College Station home since 1976, is the owner of Vital Communications, LLC, a consulting firm, and is a partner in E2Stats, a research firm that conducts research projects and program evaluations. She serves as a consultant to major companies, state departments, school districts, higher educational institutions and organizations with specialization in strategic planning, organizational reform and educational data management.
“The bowl committee and I are delighted to welcome Sylvia to the position of bowl operations director,” said Dr. Ted Raspiller, president of Blinn’s Brazos County campuses. “She is an enthusiastic and respected community service leader, and we look forward to benefitting from her expertise.”
McMullen, who has a Masters of Educational Administration from Texas A&M and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston, has worked with more than 4,500 school districts in Texas, Nevada, Arkansas and New Mexico and was recently the project director for the Nevada Race to the Top application. She has also served on numerous state organizations, including the Texas Education Reform Foundation, the Texas Business Education Coalition and the Closing the Gap Initiative with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The game will give fans the opportunity to see two of the top junior college football teams in the nation compete at Kyle Field, the largest venue for a junior college bowl game in the nation. The Brazos Valley Bowl was the result of Blinn partnering with community leaders to boost economic activity in the region during the historically sluggish month of December. Initial funding for the bowl game was provided by the City of College Station through Hotel Occupancy Tax funds. According to an estimate by the College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event could bring $1 million in economic activity to the community as visitors shop, stay in hotels and eat at restaurants over the course of the bowl game weekend.
The game furthers Blinn’s mission to benefit its community while also informing thousands of potential students of the advantages two-year colleges provide through affordable academic and technical programs. Proceeds from the bowl will be distributed as new scholarships.
About the Brazos Valley Bowl
Blinn College, in cooperation with community leaders, will bring the excitement of college bowl season to the Bryan-College Station area with the Brazos Valley Bowl held Dec. 1 at Kyle Field. The College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the event could bring $1 million in economic activity to the region while also informing potential students of the advantages two-year colleges provide through affordable academic and technical programs.
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