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Ramirez tapped to lead HR department
News Release
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

PASADENA, Texas – Mrs. Sandra Ramirez has been appointed as vice chancellor, human resources, organizational and talent effectiveness at San Jacinto College. Ramirez replaces Mr. Stephen Trncak who retired from the College after 10 years of service. 

“This appointment provides for continuity for the human resources senior leadership, and consistency in the pursuit of the “Our People” strategic goal,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “Sandra has an extensive background in human resources, including eight years here at San Jacinto College, and she is dedicated to the success of our employees and the success of our students.”

Prior to her appointment as vice chancellor, Ramirez served eight years as vice president of human resources at San Jacinto College. In that role, she was accountable for the oversight of recruitment, selection, employment, compensation, benefits, employee relations, performance management, HRIS, and records management. Ramirez was integral in the College’s 10-year accreditation reaffirmation by serving as a Task Force lead to support and comprehensively document the College’s compliance with SACSCOC (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) requirements. She led the enterprise wide implementation of a talent management system at the College that includes an applicant tracking system, onboarding and performance management modules; and implemented process improvements through a team project affording a reduction in operating costs by revitalizing the College’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system through various technological enhancements in exit and transfer workflow and web-time entry.

Her experience also includes 17 years in the private sector as director of human resources with Metals USA, human resources manager at Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc., and senior human resources partner at Celanese Chemicals.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve San Jacinto College in this role,” said Ramirez. “The focus for the human resources team will be to build on our current momentum with an emphasis on talent acquisition, retention, and development of our leadership and employees supporting the strategic goal of ‘Our People’ in the continued pursuit of student success. Together we will continue to strengthen our position as a national leader among community colleges.”

Ramirez holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds both Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications and is also a Six Sigma Green Belt.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto Collegeis a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

For more information about San Jacinto College call 281-998-6150, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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