Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Betty Black named President-Elect for developmental education association

KINGSVILLE - April 06, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Betty Black, developmental reading and supplemental coordinator for University College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was selected as president-elect for the Texas Association for Developmental Education (TADE).

Black has been a member of the organization for six years and served as secretary for two years. Following her service as president-elect, she will be president and then past president.

As president-elect, Black will assume the chair of the executive committee in the absence of the president, carry out all duties assigned and serve as program chair of the state annual conference.

“Betty Black has played a powerful role in providing high-quality developmental education to A&M-Kingsville students over the past nine years and her commitment to the profession is reflected in her having been elected by her peers across Texas,” said Dr. Dann Brown, dean of University College. “We are fortunate to have a skilled and dedicated professional in our ranks of developmental educators and Betty's election helps promote our excellent University College programs to a much wider state-wide audience.”

Black said her affiliation with TADE has given her the opportunity to network with people from colleges and universities from throughout the state. “I have been able to share our programs and collect valuable information and innovative ideas to try in the classroom as well as share with colleagues within the university,” she said.

“I stay current with developmental education issues and because the organization has a political liaison, I have been able to stay current on political issues that deal with developmental education.”

Black said developmental education appears to be a necessary service to the large amount of under prepared students entering the college world. “Developmental education equips students to be successful in their core classes and college career. Both content and study skills are introduced and practiced while students are in developmental education.”

“I have always wanted to work with students who need to develop better skills for learning,” said Black of her love of developmental education. “It is rewarding to see the students develop the skills that will make them successful in college.”

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