Office of the Dean

The Honors College is located in Mesquite Village West, the Honors residence hall.  The office is in room 104 on the first floor.  We are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday (closed noon to 1:00 for lunch).

Voice:  361.593.4410



Honors College Staff:

Tom Spencer, Dean and Professor of History  

Sue Nichols, Assistant to the Dean  

Maria (Maggie) Abrigo, Administrative Assistant

A Message from Dr. Spencer, Dean of the Honors College:

For seven years Honors students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have engaged in intense and high impact learning experiences and developed as scholars and citizens. The Honors College creates a unique learning community with students from all colleges and majors across campus. I am honored to join the Javelina Nation as the new Dean of the Honors College.

An Honors College expands the learning environment beyond disciplinary boundaries and gives students a profound opportunity for personal growth. Honors education has the power to improve student learning and open new horizons. While Honors Colleges are key to recruiting and retaining high ability students, the most important aspect is the strength and rigor of the program not merely the numbers of students involved. Honors College courses at Texas A&M University-Kingsville are small courses taught by the university’s best faculty focused on improving students’ critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills. Honors students enjoy undergraduate research opportunities and develop close mentoring relationships with faculty.

In addition to the classroom experience, the Honors College provides a place for students, faculty, and academic staff to socialize in informal gatherings. Our offices are located within the Honors living-learning community in the Mesquite Village West residence hall.

We are excited to welcome our new Javelina Honors students. If you have not applied to the Honors College, please review our application procedures on this website. You can join the Honors College as an incoming freshman, continuing student or transfer student.

If you have any questions about the Honors College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, feel free to contact me at 361-593-4410 or  or just drop by our office in Mesquite Village West!


Tom Spencer
Dean, Honors College
Professor of History

Stop by the office and let us get to know you better!!

Open Door Policy:

The Honors College has an open door policy.  If you wish to meet with the staff or the Dean, please call or stop by the office to make an appointment.  If the student feels an urgent need to meet, every accommodation will be made to fast-track the meeting.



This page was last updated on: November 15, 2017