A native of Arkansas, Jan Thomas Hite moved to Kentucky in 2007 following nearly four years of service as a medic in the Army National Guard. During this time she served on active duty with the Army working at a medical clinic in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
After the birth of her second child Jan decided that it was time for her to go back to school and complete the degree that had been interrupted by her military service. Location and low tuition were only a few of the reasons Jan chose Henderson Community College. More importantly, Jan didn’t want to jump into a four-year university environment after having been out of school so long. HCC was just what she was looking for.
Jan loved everything about HCC. Jan credited the small classes and the ability to have one-on-one attention from her professors with creating a family-like atmosphere at HCC. The dedication of the professors also amazed her. Jan says "All of the professors I have met are passionate about what they do and the success of their students."
She served as the president of the Student Government Association, the president of Phi Theta Kappa, a Student Ambassador, and was a member of the History Club. She also served on the KCTCS Board of Regents as a Student Representative.
Jan graduated in May 2012 with an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science. Her ultimate goal is to attend the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
Following graduation, Jan was elected to the Henderson City Commission in the 2012 election. As a result of receiving the largest amount of votes, she was named to the position of Mayor Pro Tem by her fellow commissioners. This means that she will be the acting mayor when the mayor is out of town.