The KC Board of Trustees approved J. Karol Pruett to fill the vacant Place 6 seat during their regular business meeting Tuesday evening. Charlie Hale, former board president, resigned the seat in August, citing health reasons.
Pruett will fill the unexpired term in the Central Zone (Kilgore ISD), until a special election can be called in May 2015.
“I am overwhelmed by the positive responses I received all day after my appointment to the KC Board,” Pruett said. “In all my deliberations, I plan to keep the core mission of the college at the top of my mind: that we prepare students for success in life.”
Pruett graduated salutatorian from Kilgore High School in 1973 and attended Kilgore College.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate, and then a master’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Pruett began working at KC in 1987 as a Library Audiovisual Technician. From there, she moved to secretary to the dean of occupational therapy, then personnel officer, and later assistant dean of occupational therapy.
She was assistant to KC President Dr. Bill Holda from 1996 to 2012.
After leaving the college, she spent the summer conducting land title research for T.S. Dudley Land Company in Sullivan County, Penn.
She currently works part-time since January 2013 as office manager at the Law Office of Jeff Jackson in Kilgore.