Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Two Named Vice Presidents at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - July 30, 2007

Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

Student Affairs, Enrollment Management posts filled

The Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University system today approved recommendations for the positions of vice president for student affairs and vice president for enrollment management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The actions were taken at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting held in College Station.

Dr. Terisa Remelius was named vice president for student affairs and current A&M-Kingsville associate vice president for enrollment management Manuel Lujan was promoted to the newly created position of vice president for enrollment management. Both assume their positions immediately.

“In Terisa Remelius and Manuel Lujan, we have talented, experienced and forward-thinking leaders who will advance the university’s efforts in achieving our vision of becoming a nationally recognized public university,” said Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, A&M-Kingsville president. “Their divisions focus on our most important objective: the success of our students. Manuel’s demonstrated ability to effectively recruit students to our university, and Terisa’s efforts to create a co-curricular environment that helps retain students and foster their success are crucial to our university’s strategic imperative to broaden our state’s base of educated and productive citizens.”

“I am excited about joining the Javelina family, and I look forward to partnering with all of my colleagues to continue to make A&M-Kingsville the leading university in South Texas,” Remelius said. “When students enroll in a university, they embark on life-changing stages of their lives. The Division of Student Affairs offers programs and services that help students realize their aspirations and accomplish their dreams. I feel privileged and honored to be chosen to lead the Student Affairs team in addressing the total development of our students.”

“The creation of the vice president’s position recognizes the importance of enrollment management in higher education. I have spent a lot of years in the profession and it is very gratifying to see the profession coming of age and being recognized,” Lujan said. “Also, I am very honored to have the opportunity work more closely with Dr. Juarez, the leadership team and the campus community in growing our university and enhancing the educational experience for our students. Finally, it is very fulfilling from a personal standpoint to know that the administration feels that I am contributing to the university in a positive way.”

About Dr. Terisa Remelius, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Terisa Remelius has served as interim vice president for student affairs since July 9. She came to Texas A&M-Kingsville from the University of South Dakota, where she served as the assistant vice president of student services and dean of students.

She also has professional experience with Saint Louis University, Greenville College (Illinois), Central Methodist College (Missouri) and the Affton and Lindbergh School Districts (Missouri). She also has served on the graduate faculties of the University of South Dakota and Saint Louis University, teaching courses in higher education administration and serving on dissertation committees. She earned a B.A. in communication and an M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.

Remelius has served in leadership roles with a number of professional organizations. Currently, she is on the Board of the Center for Women of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and on the Research Committee, Publications Committee and Conference Planning Committee of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs. She also is a member of the Association of College Personnel Administrators, American Educational Research Association and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She was named “Outstanding New Professional” in 1993 by NASPA’s Region IV-West and served as the Chair for Publications and Promotions for the regional conference in 2005. She also served as NASPA’s National Chair of the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community from 2004-2006.

Remelius was selected following a nationwide search. She succeeds interim vice president for student affairs Frank Ureño who served in this position following the departure of Dr. Tom Jackson, who became vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville in December 2006.

About Manuel Lujan, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Manuel Lujan steps into the newly created position of Vice President for Enrollment Management after serving as associate vice president since March 2006.

Prior to A&M-Kingsville, Lujan was with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he served as associate vice president of enrollment management since 2003. Before that position, Lujan was dean of enrollment management at A&M-Corpus Christi from 1997-2003. From 1986-1997, Lujan was with Angelo State University, where he served as dean of admissions and registrar. He holds a B.A. in Spanish and French, and an M.Ed. in guidance and counseling, both from Angelo State University.

Lujan has served on a number of leadership positions. He is the past president and member the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and he is currently the chairman of the Enrollment Management Financial Aid Committee for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He has also served as a member of the Collective Leadership Program sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, the Texas A&M System and the Governor’s Executive Development Program. He was appointed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors to the Enrollment Services Efficiency Committee. He has served on the ACT Advisory Board; and the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board. He also has served as an enrollment management consultant for the Texas International Education Consortium setting up universities in Doha, Qatar, and in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.


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