The Parrish Years (August 31, 1981-July 31, 1991)
Dr. Jess Parrish hired as second president of Midland College. When Parrish joined the college in 1981, it was well on its way to becoming an outstanding institution. Parrish, a native West Texan from Ballinger, had been involved with several national junior college organizations through the years. He was the founding president of Shelby State College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Associate degree in nursing (ADN) program clears hurdle, receives Texas Education Agency approval.
Trustees finalized plans for a 40-acre athletic dormitory. The building was constructed by Midlanders Bill Williams and John H. Hendri.
MC's women's golf team won the National Junior College Athletic Association's championship trophy.
First ADN student accepted. Classes for the college's associate degree nursing program began in August.
Financing for construction of health sciences building approved.
Board approves creation of new division—Health Sciences Studies Division.
First 13 graduates of ADN program honored.
The college initiated Kids' College with more than 230 children, ages 9-12.
MC began taking applications for its new radiologic technology program.
The 22,000-square-foot, $1.7 million Health Sciences Center facility was completed and contained 19 offices, a 100-seat lecture hall, seven classrooms and four laboratories. The complex also housed a child care center and the licensed vocational nursing, associate nursing, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology and child care development programs.
Approximately 183 students participated and graduated during MC's twelfth commencement exercises.
Employees move into new health sciences building.
October 20, 1985
MC officially dedicates new health sciences building.
The Abell-Hanger Foundation of Midland began offering tuition-free scholarships to all graduates of Midland and Greenwood schools.
MC begins new alcohol and drug abuse counseling program.
Abell-Hanger Foundation donates $300,000 to be used for the education of nurses.
Construction continued on expansion of student center.
President Jess Parrish retires after 10 years of service to Midland College.