Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Leading journalism instructor joins faculty

KINGSVILLE - July 20, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Dr. Manuel C. Flores joins the faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the fall 2006 semester as associate professor of journalism and student publications adviser, overseeing the student newspaper The South Texan.

Prior to A&M-Kingsville, Flores served an equivalent position at Del Mar College for the past 15 years. The community college’s student newspaper The Foghorn went from earning no awards the year Flores started, 1991, to capturing 28 in Texas Intercollegiate Press Association competition three years later. The paper also earned 15 Texas Community College Journalism Association competition awards. During his time with the college, Del Mar journalism program enrollment increased sevenfold. Today, more than 50 of Flores’ journalism students are employed by newspapers nationwide.

Currently, Flores also is president of the Corpus Christi Independent School District Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the board for 15 years.

Flores knows the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus well, having earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees there when it was known as Texas A&I University.

“I’ve always wanted to work here,” said Flores. “I was born and raised in Hebbronville. I have sisters and sons that went to the university, too, so I have a lot of loyalty for the campus.”

His post-baccalaureate education includes extensive graduate level work at the University of North Texas and a doctorate earned at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

In addition to working in academia, Flores worked as a sports editor for the Irving Daily News and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He took a 10-year break from journalism to work in public relations and advertising for CP&L, then returned to the Caller-Times, where he was a sports columnist and special assignment reporter for more than 10 years. Flores also retired as a captain from the Army and the Texas Army National Guard after 12 years of service.

It’s this wide body of experience that he plans on drawing from while serving at A&M-Kingsville.

“I have journalism contacts statewide and nationally that will provide the students with examples of the best journalism practices, and expose them to the latest communication trends,” said Flores. Another important goal of Flores is to incorporate his pride in the South Texas region into the minds and the work of his students.

“A&M-Kingsville has a very strong journalism history. I would like to get the program’s stature back to being one of the very best in Texas.

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