Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville Education Dean Will Return to Teaching, Fill New Administrative Position

KINGSVILLE - October 22, 2007

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

Daniel will serve in current position until new dean is hired

Texas A&M University-Kingsville announces that Dr. Michael L. Daniel will resign the dean’s position in the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville to return to teaching and to fill the newly created position of special assistant to the president.

Daniel will continue to serve in the dean’s position until a new dean is hired. His return to the faculty and assumption of his duties as special assistant to the president will occur at that time.

“Mike Daniel continues to serve this university with dedication” university President Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez said. “He has my respect and appreciation for the leadership and service he gives to the College of Education. As special assistant to the president, he will carry out various administrative duties and oversee special projects as they develop. He also will return to the classroom part-time as a faculty member in the College of Education. I am grateful that A&M-Kingsville will continue to be the recipient of his talents, and I appreciate his willingness to serve in this new role.”

Daniel has served as dean since 2004 and was interim dean from 2003 to 2004. He is announcing his resignation now to give the university ample time to recruit his successor, he said.

“I have been honored to serve as dean of education during Dr. Juárez’s presidency,” Daniel said. “He and the entire administrative team are extremely supportive of the College of Education, and I wholeheartedly support their leadership. I made the decision to announce my decision now, with the president’s and provost’s support, so that the university can undertake the process to recruit a new dean,” he continued. “While I have enjoyed my tenure as dean, I have missed having as much direct contact with students in the classroom as a teaching faculty member. I look forward to resuming a teaching role and to the projects I will undertake as special assistant to the president.”

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kay Clayton expressed her appreciation for Daniel’s continued service. “Mike has been a valued member of the Academic Deans Council and a dedicated dean of education. He has provided strong leadership for the college, and most recently as chair of the University’s undergraduate program review committee. He also has overseen the college’s temporary move out of Rhode Hall while it is under renovation. His leadership will be a great asset to the university as he takes on his new role. We are fortunate that our students and colleagues will continue to benefit from his wide-ranging interests and his dedication to teaching and this university.”

Clayton added that a national search will get under way soon to fill the dean’s position, preferably by fall 2008.

Daniel came to Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2000 as professor and chair in the health and kinesiology department. From 1986 to 2000, he was a professor of physical education and chair of the physical education and health fitness department at McMurry University in Abilene. While at McMurry University, he also served as interim associate dean of students from 1991 to 1992.

He served as the director of the Center for the Support of Public Education and assistant professor of physical education at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia from 1984-86 and as director of the Human Performance Laboratory and assistant professor of physical education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville from 1982-84. He also has experience with Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and the University of Missouri-Columbia and in public school education at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kan., and Hannibal, Mo., Junior High School. He is a U.S. Army Military Intelligence veteran.

Daniel is lead author on a dozen publications and co-author on another seven, covering topics such as lifelong fitness, aquatic exercise for the aged and nutritional needs of the elderly, among others. He has presented or co-presented 48 professional conference papers.

Daniel is a Trustee of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) and served the organization as president in 2000. He has been a member of TAHPERD since 1986. He also is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and is a past member of the American College of Sports Medicine. From 1996-97, he was Texas Chair of the National Coalition for Promotion of Physical Activity, serving as the local liaison and contact for release of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. Most recently he was honored by Hendrix College when the college’s diving center was named in his honor.

At A&M-Kingsville, Daniel sits on the Academic Deans Council and served in a variety of capacities with the university’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmation of accreditation initiative in 2002 and 2003. He has served on a number of university committees and task forces.

Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southern State College in Magnolia, Ark., in 1968; a Master of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1973; and a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1981.

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