About Us • History of Midland College

Today's Midland College (MC) became a reality after its meager beginnings in 1969 as part of the Permian Junior College District.  MC gained its independence as a separate community college district in October 1972 after Midland supporters rallied in Austin to garner support for the split.

The turning point of a new campus was two-fold: the passing of Senate Bill 19 to allow the citizens of Midland to hold an election to secede from the Permian Junior College system and the passing of the $5.1 million bond issue in December 1972 to support the creation of the Midland College campus.

Preston M. Geren & Associates were awarded the contract on Feb. 20, 1973 to design Midland College. Eight companies applied for the job. Geren had Midland experience. His firm had designed Robert E. Lee High School, a school where more than 1,100 Midland College students attended classes in the spring of 1973 while waiting for the campus to be built.

The new campus “opened for classes” in January 1975.

Midland College History - 1969-1981
  Dr. Al Langford, President

Midland College History - 1981-1991
  Dr. Jess Parrish, President

Midland College History - 1991-2008
  Dr. David Daniel, President

Midland College History - 2008-Present
  Dr. Steve Thomas, President

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MC's Presidents (clockwise from top-left) Dr. Steve Thomas,
Dr. David Daniel, Dr. Jess Parrish and Dr. Al Langford