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Panola College is a public community college in Carthage, Texas, the county seat of Panola County. As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Panola College includes:[1]

Panola College
Panola College seal.svg
TypeCommunity college
PresidentGregory S. Powell, Ed.D.
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

32°09′23″N 94°21′23″W / 32.156384°N 94.356283°W / 32.156384; -94.356283Coordinates: 32°09′23″N 94°21′23″W / 32.156384°N 94.356283°W / 32.156384; -94.356283
Campus135 acres
ColorsGreen and white
Panola College logo.svg
The Sid Baker Turner Memorial Chapel on the Panola College campus has a rustic appearance.



Panola College was established June 14, 1947, and began operations in January 19, 1948 at the corner of State Highway 315 and U.S. Highway 79, where it continues to operate today. The first permanent buildings were erected in 1949.

In 1995, the adjacent counties of Harrison (excluding parts as noted above), Marion, and Shelby were added by law to Panola's designated service area. Panola operates branch locations in Marshall and Center.

The college also serves residents of nearby Louisiana parishes (as Panola County is on the state border) and United States Air Force members stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Panola's retired history professor Bill O'Neal, among his more than thirty published books, is the author of Panola Junior College: The First Twenty-Five Years (1973). He updated the volume as Panola College, 1947-1997 for the fiftieth anniversary of the institution.

The first president of Panola County Junior College was B. W. Musgraves (1948–50). He was succeeded by Floyd Boze (1950–51), M. P. Baker (1951–67), former Carthage school superintendent Q. M. Martin (1967–73), Dr. Charles Hays (1973–74), longtime PJC basketball coach Arthur M. Johnson (1974–81), Dr. Gary McDaniel (1981–92), Charles Hughes (1992-93), Dr. William Edmonson (1993-2000), and Dr. Gregory Powell, (2000–Present).

In the spring of 1948 fifty-five charter students enrolled in the initial courses. In the fall of 2012 Panola College enrollment reached 2,584 students.


Panola College plays the following sports.

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball, Men's
  • Basketball, Women's
  • Baseball
  • Rodeo

The teams are known as the Ponies, with the women's teams called the Fillies. Panola has won three NJCAA National Championships, a baseball championship in 1969 and a pair of women's basketball crowns in 1977 and 1978. Panola plays in the Region XIV Athletic Conference, a part of the NJCAA.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Willie Shaw, police chief in Shreveport, played basketball at Panola College in the early 1980s.[2]
  • Dexter Shouse, former professional basketball player, played for Panola during the 1981-82 & 1982-83 seasons



  1. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.194, "Panola College District Service Area".
  2. ^ "Angela Thomas, Shreveport Police Chief to Speak at Panola Commencement". KEEL Radio. Retrieved April 25, 2011.

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