Incumbent, challenger explain goals for Kilgore College board

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On May 4, Kilgore voters will choose who will occupy the Place #7 seat on the Kilgore College Board of Trustees: incumbent Janice Bagley or challenger Charles Robinson.

Robinson is president of the Overton-New London Chamber of Commerce and also serves in leadership roles in several Kilgore groups.

Janice Bagley has worked for the Overton Police Department since 2006 and is a KC grad.

“With my compassion for helping others, that’s why I need to be re-elected to the Kilgore College Board of Trustees,” Bagley said. “I would help the students, the faculty and the community continue to strive toward accomplishments.”

If elected, Robinson said he would focus his efforts as a board trustee in helping KC students find employment locally, thereby benefiting students seeking careers and local employers simultaneously. He also pledged to focus on helping students who intended to pursue additional educational opportunities after attending KC.

At a candidate forum event held last Sunday, Bagley said it was important for KC to help every student find the success that he or she desired and pledged to continue working, if re-elected, to help KC students find the kind of career they wanted or even to help them learn to start businesses of their own.

Robinson, who is co-president of the Kilgore United Fund board and was previously the president of the Rusk County Emergency Services District board, has experience relevant to the his duties should he be elected. He stated he hoped he would use his position on the board to foster learning opportunities for KC students whenever possible.

At the forum, Bagley was asked to define the role of a KC board trustee.

“We have nine board members on the Kilgore College Board of Trustees,” she said. “Everyone has a different personality. With different personalities, it’s got advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are everyone working together for a common goal. The disadvantages are some may agree on a topic and others may disagree on that topic. We all have to work together and come together in unity to make the right decisions for the community at Kilgore College.”

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