After losing her mother at the age of seven, with a father who was seldom around, Dr. Kim Ennis, interim president of Bevill State Community College, was raised by her aunt in Eldridge. “She gave me an unbelievably firm foundation that helped me have the work ethic I have,” Kim says. “She always drilled in me that respect is one of the most important things in this life. Nothing is more important to me than being respected. That has really driven who I am.”
Kim attended Carbon Hill High School and made plans to major in fashion merchandising because of her love of fashion. Then a chance encounter with Bob Moore of Walker College convinced her to get a business degree. She enrolled at Walker College on a William Thornton Scholarship, and majored in business while working with Carol Morgan and Jack Mott in the business office.
In 1982, Kim earned her associate’s degree and started work at Carbon Hill Manufacturing. When the plant closed in 1984, she had to replan her future. She received a phone call about a job opportunity at Walker College and took it. That job began a career with the college that has lasted 32 years and has culminated in her role as the college's leader.
Kim's belief in the strength of education inspired her to continue her studies while working at Bevill State. She is a 1990 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She earned a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1998. In 2005, she earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from UAB/University of Alabama.
Kim is an active active member of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and has served as chairperson of the Board in 2013 and chairperson of the Chamber’s Focus Walker County Workforce Development and Education Initiative. She is a 1997 graduate of the Mississippi Community College Fellowship Program and a 1998 alumna of Leadership Walker County. She is the facilitator for Leadership Walker County. She frequently serves as a professional development facilitator focusing on leadership, personality, and team building.
Last year, Kim lost a mentor and close friend when Jack Mott passed away. “He was a father figure to me,” she says. “He always told me, ‘Kim, be the best financial aid officer you can be. Strive to be the best one in the state of Alabama.’ His work ethic was incredible. The day he retired, we were sitting in his office and he looked at me and said, ‘Who’s gonna take care of my girl?’ His daughter-in-law, Penne Mott, asked me to sit with the family at the funeral. It was an honor.”
Like Jack Mott and so many others who influenced her, Kim has a burning passion for helping others succeed. " The best part about being affiliated with the college is knowing the opportunity that education provides to make a positive difference in the course of an individual’s life,” she said. Her position as the leader of the college that gave her a new look at life proves the validity of the advice given by her aunt so many years ago. She has truly experienced the positive difference an education can make in a life and is passing it along. We are proud of our Walker College alumna!