Kilgore College shuffled its staff this week and reorganized campus organizations and facilities. Among them, the oil museum has – at least temporarily – reduced hours and the swimming pool will be permanently closed.
In response to an inquiry, a statement from KC President Dr. Brenda Kays read “KC is in the process of reorganizing some of its key service and outreach areas.”
Among the triggers for the staff reorganization was the election of Trey Hattaway, KC's co-director of marketing, to a new post as Gregg County district clerk. Hattaway won the seat in March and will be sworn in on January 1.
Manny Almanza, the “voice” of KC, was promoted to take over Hattaway's post, leaving another vacancy for the college to fill.
Leah Gorman, who served the college as the director of alumni, scholarship and foundation relations, will now take over the position of social media and marketing specialist.
“We are fortunate to have someone transitioning into this role with her background and knowledge of KC,” Kays said of Gorman's new position.
Michael Hageloh, who joined KC staff on Aug. 15, is now the chief development officer for the college and executive director of the KC Foundation.
Merlyn Holmes, formerly director of the East Texas Oil Museum, will now take on the role of director of the KC Foundation and community relations while Amber Kinsey, formerly assistant director of the museum, will serve as scholarship and alumni relations specialist.
KC is currently in the process of accepting applications to find a new director for the museum. According to the statement from the college, Holmes will continue working at the museum and at the Institutional Advancement Office until a new museum director is hired.
Because Holmes’ schedule will be tight until a replacement at the museum is named, the museum will reduce its operating hours. The museum will be open to guests from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and will follow the campus calendar for holiday closures. Kays’ statement notes the museum is expected to expand its operating hours once a new director has been hired and plans are also in place to expand the museum's event capabilities.
The Rangerette Showcase and Museum will now report directly to Rangerette Director Dana Blair.
“This move aligns the Rangerette Showcase to not only preserve the history and legacy of the Rangerettes, but to also serve as a support to the organization with regards to shows, camps and other special events,” Kays said.
The Rangerette Showcase fall hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Both the oil museum and the showcase will be open for special events and pre-arranged tours.
In addition, the swimming pool in the James M. Parks Fitness Center will close Sept. 7 due to structural damage.
“As the KC Board of Trustees considered individual projects to be completed under the McKinstry contract, engineers discovered that the lack of ventilation in the pool area was causing the structure to degrade. The cost estimates to appropriately renovate and ventilate the swimming pool approached $1,000,000,” the statement read.
Resources will instead be focused on addressing water incursion issues in the basement of the Canterbury Engineering and Science building.
In lieu of pool activities, the center will offer new fitness classes, including expanded yoga opportunities.