Adrien L. Bennings has been chosen to serve as the sixth president of Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. She is the first woman and the first African American to hold the position.
Kellogg Community College enrolls just over 4,200 students according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 8 percent of the student body.
“We’ve just begun the year 2020,” Dr. Bennings said. “In optical terms, 20/20 also is defined as perfect vision. Let’s make 2020 a year where we learn to see things through a different lens and a different perspective, but still in perfect alignment with the mission and vision of Kellogg Community College.”
Dr. Bennings previously was vice president for finance and administration at Clovis Community College in New Mexico. Before that, she was regional director of the Small Business Development Center at Texas Tech University where she advanced economic development initiatives in a 16-county area in northwest Texas.
A former professional track athlete, Dr. Bennings is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she majored in agricultural development. She earned an MBA at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.