Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Mary Gonzalez appointed to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board committee

KINGSVILLE - June 05, 2007

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

Mary Gonzalez

Mary Gonzalez, assistant vice president for special programs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been appointed to serve on the Outreach and Success Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This 15-member committee works in support of the Outreach and Success Division. Members work in higher education and public education across the state. Within the committee, she will serve on the Go Center and Collegiate G Force Task Force.

“Mary’s appointment to this committee points to the fact that she is very familiar with outreach programs,” said Frank Ureño, interim vice president for student affairs. “The programs that she manages, such as the Educational Opportunity Center, High School Equivalency Program and the Collegiate Assistance Migrant Program, all lend to outreach activities.

“Mary has received a number of grants from the Coordinating Board to assist outreach students. Students have been identified and in most instances scholarships have been awarded to them. She has monitored these students' progress and success by providing the support services they need,” he added. “It is to Texas A&M University-Kingsville's credit that Mary serves on this committee. Our university will be very well represented.”

The Coordinating Board is dedicated to helping Texas meet the goals of the state’s higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015. To achieve this goal, the board’s staff is divided into two categories, participation and success and academic excellence and research. Members of this committee were chosen for their previous work with low-income and first-generation students.

Gonzalez has been with the university since 1992 working her way up through the ranks of special programs. She earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and management from Texas A&I University and a master’s in psychology from A&M-Kingsville. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in higher education from Texas A&M University in College Station. Her appointment to the committee was made in May.

The Outreach and Success Advisory Committee works closely with the Office of Success Initiatives and predominately with Go Centers. Go Centers are located in middle and high schools, community colleges, universities and other community locations and designated specifically for college-going activities. Go Centers provide computer access to students interesting in researching and/or applying for college. Students serve as peer educators to encourage their fellow students to continue their education.

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