The College of the Mainland board of trustees has approved Pam Millsap, COM dean of general education programs, as the new vice president for instruction. Millsap has taught at COM since 2005 and been tenured since 2008.

At COM Millsap has served as co-director of the Achieving the Dream Initiative, of which COM is a Leader College. She was also the primary writer of COM’s Quality Enhancement Program, which seeks to improve students’ oral communication skills in all disciplines.

“There was no one in the applicant pool who even came close to Pam’s experience, background or knowledge of SACS, the core curriculum, Achieving the Dream initiatives, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness or faculty development,” said COM President Beth Lewis. “We are very fortunate to have someone in-house who has everything we are looking for in the vice president for instruction position.”

 A licensed clinical psychologist, Millsap holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston and a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Millsap previously was a faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she directed a day-treatment program for children and adolescents. After moving to Texas, she taught as an adjunct professor at University of Houston-Clear Lake before teaching at COM.

“I look forward to working with administration and the board to make our students more successful,” said Millsap. "Our faculty members are amazingly talented and very committed to helping our students achieve their goals. I know that we will continue to work together to build programs which support student success."