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story.lead_photo.caption Brandon Washington

TEXARKANA, Texas — Brandon Washington, Dean of the Workforce and Community & Business Education Division, has been appointed Vice President of Operations, Texarkana College officials announced Friday.

He will work closely with Rick Boyette, Director of Facilities, and Mike Dumdei, Vice President of Technology, who are expected to retire by 2022.

TC President Dr. Jason Smith said Boyette and Dumdei will remain on staff in supporting roles after 2022.

"Rick and Mike wear many hats in their positions at Texarkana College and provide vital campus leadership," Smith said, adding that their moves toward retirement led to the decision to move Brandon into the VP of Operations position.

"This process will help ensure a seamless transition of leadership," Smith said. " Providing a continuous culture of excellence within our campus infrastructure is one of TC's highest priorities."

Smith said the leadership shown by Boyette and Dumdei has been instrumental in student success and community trust.

"Rick was first hired as TC's Construction Technology instructor in 2007 before being named as the Director of Facilities Services," said Smith. "Since that time, he has led numerous campus-wide renovations and building projects."

Hired in 1991 as a computer technology instructor, Dumdei has a unique insight on the technology needs of everyone on campus — students, faculty, and staff.

"Mike's knowledge of technology and attention to cybersecurity has provided TC with an information technology infrastructure envied by many organizations," Smith said. "Mike is considered a leader in IT best practices by higher education professionals at peer institutions. His oversight in TC's ERP conversion saved the college millions of dollars and provided a safe and secure technology platform for our students, faculty and staff."

Smith said Washington was selected for this new role to provide continuity during the transition and because of his success in managing projects and leading employees to achieve great success within his division.

"I am grateful for Brandon's leadership and vision and I have confidence that his work within our community and with TC's business partners will continue to play a key role in his new position," Smith said.

Washington said he is honored to serve in this position.

"This role provides a central point of oversight for campus operations and infrastructure," Washington said. "TC has a large campus footprint and there are lots of projects underway within both the facilities and technology departments."

He said Boyette's and Dumdei's expertise are noteworthy within their respective fields and it is of "utmost importance that we identify the skills and knowledge needed for the continuation of the successful operation of their departments and the projects underway throughout this transition."

Smith said Washington will continue to serve in his current role as Dean of Community & Business Education Division along with these new duties.

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