CISCO, Texas – At their regularly scheduled August board meeting, the Cisco College Board of Regents named executive vice president Bobby Smith as the finalist to serve as the college’s president. The Board’s action followed their decision to accept Dr. Colleen Smith’s resignation as president effective Sept. 10.
Brad Kimbrough, president of the Cisco College Board of Regents said that he’s grateful that Bobby Smith, who has extensive knowledge of the college and its financial needs, agreed to serve Cisco College during this period of growth. The college is expected to enroll almost 5,000 students by 2015.
“I am very loyal to the college and have a high regard for the people that work there,” said Bobby Smith. “Cisco College is important to the people in our region, and I will work to maintain its stature.”
A native of Cisco and a 22-year veteran of Cisco College, Bobby Smith was heralded as being “held in high regard by the administration, faculty and staff” and has been credited with much of the progress and success of the college.
Bobby Smith also fills the role of chief financial officer and supervises maintenance, custodial services, food services, human resources, business services, auxiliary services like the bookstore, and assists the president with the supervision of athletics. He has successfully guided the college from a $5 million budget in 1988 to a $16 million budget in 2009 and has seen the college grow to serve over 4,200 students.
Bobby Smith was recently recognized by the Texas Association of Community Colleges for his outstanding leadership skills and was awarded the prestigious Carl M. “Cheesie” Nelson Administrative Leadership Award. He graduated from Cisco Junior College in 1968 and from the University of North Texas in 1970.