IT Manager Tim Savage Named a Bringer of Light

KINGSVILLE - December 04, 2016

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KINGSVILLE (December 5, 2016) — Tim Savage, IT Manager II in the iTech department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a “Bringer of Light” by the campus group Servants of Las Luminarias. 

An anonymous collection of campus community members, the Servants of Las Luminarias select those that they feel are “bringers of the light of the knowledge of goodness to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus community.”  

As an honoree, Savage received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder and a framed certificate of recognition. The certificate states that Savage has, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.” 

Savage found the award and certificate in his office the morning of Thursday, Dec. 1. He wasn’t initially familiar with the award, and when he did find out what it was, he wondered how he got one. Savage said he was very flattered by the honor. 

He has been with the university’s telecommunications division for more than 17 years, a lengthy and esteemed career. But Savage’s time at the university is only half his professional life. 

He is also a retired Army veteran, having served 20 years. During his time in the service, he learned circuitry and telecommunications, leading to a series of increasingly larger roles with more responsibility attached to them. Some of those roles included— 

  • Drill instructor for basic training and West Point prep officers
  • Was the Emergency Command Centers Officer in Okinawa
  • Service as the U.S. Defense Communications Agency coordinator for Italy and Turkey, with assignment to Germany
  • Program manager overseeing U.S. satellites, supervising three teams (Europe, Pacific and Conus) made up of  500 people
  • Was part of the NASA/NASCOM Network satellite team for the Space Shuttle Challenger
  • Control the DMZ notification circuit in Korea
  • Team Leader for a mobile microwave unit in Panama 

Savage’s career culminated with one of the most prestigious assignments in Army communications – he served with White House support staff, working on telecommunications that included the President’s “Red Phone,” which provided direct contact with Moscow. 

The positions had their share of pressures, but Savage credited the efforts of his team members in allowing him to achieve successes. 

It was his first marriage that brought Savage to the Coastal Bend. Family members were located in the area, which brought him to South Texas after his time in the service came to an end. He started working at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, but when a position opened up at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, he realized the change of scenery at the school was what he was looking for. 

Savage’s rich military career, which offered a wide and detailed view of the world—its good and its bad—led to him assuming the positive attitude he is known for on the A&M-Kingsville campus. 

Some of the sayings he lives by include, “Not sweating the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff,” “Never judge a man until you walk three moons in his moccasins,” and “Sometimes you’re meant to go through something bad in life. Just know that something positive is going to come later.” 

Savage has two children from his first marriage, son Mitchell, age 26, and daughter Samantha, age 21. He has a stepson, Jodie, age, 15, with his wife Hanming, who is an engineer and was working on her second engineering master’s degree at A&M-Kingsville. 

He hails from North Carolina, near Jacksonville. Savage holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland. 

-TAMUK-