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Texas A&M-Kingsville Announces Appointments Of Three Directors

KINGSVILLE - May 20, 2008

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

Officials at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have announced the appointment of three directors. Existing employees have filled two positions while the third is an alumna who is a new employee to the university.

Dr. Carol Tipton has been appointed director of the Jernigan Library; Sandra Garcia has been named director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; and Sandra Rexroat will assume full-time responsibilities as director of the South Texas Archives.

About Carol Tipton

Tipton has been serving as the interim director of the Jernigan Library since February 2007 when former director Dr. Gilda Baeza Ortego joined Western New Mexico State University as university librarian.

Tipton was head of the Technology Learning Center at the Jernigan Library since 1984 and she served as interim co-director of the library for seven months in 1999 while a director search was conducted. Prior to working for the university, Tipton was learning resource specialist at McRoberts Elementary School in Kingsville and teacher and publications adviser for the Banquete Independent School District.

In 1999, she received the AMIGOS Fellowship Award for her research project entitled Graduate Students’ Perceptions of Library Support Services for Distance Learners: A University System-Wide Study. She was also named Employee of the Year in the professional, non-faculty division in 1998.

At the university, Tipton currently serves on the Traffic Appeals Committee and has recently served on the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, the Southern Association of College and Schools Planning Committee and Leadership Team, the Distance Learning Committee, the Council of Assessment and Planning and the Distance Learning Taskforce/Committee. At the Jernigan Library, she currently serves on the Director’s Council and has served on the Distance Education Committee and the Web Page Committee.

Tipton is a member of the American and Texas Library Associations, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and the American Association of University Women.

Tipton earned her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University, her master’s degree in educational media from Portland State University and her bachelor’s degree in secondary education specializing in English and journalism from Texas A&I University.

About Sandra Garcia

Garcia comes to Texas A&M-Kingsville from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, when she has served as sponsored programs administrator since 1997. Prior to that she was director of GCI Adult Day Care and executive director of CADENA, both in Corpus Christi. She also was director and counselor of a center designed to help adults and at-risk students in the Beeville Independent School District.

She received the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Employee Excellence Award in 2004 and 2007. She was certified as a research administrator in 2006 and received certification from the Society of Research Administration in 2004. The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce named her Business Woman of the Year in 2002.

Garcia is or has been a member of the Hispanic Contractors Association, the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Builders Association of Corpus Christi, the Young Professionals, the South Texas Crime Prevention Association and the Texas Crime Prevention Association State Board.

One of our own alumni, Garcia earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education from Texas A&M-Kingsville. She succeeds Sandra Rexroat, who has been named director of the South Texas Archives.

About Sandra Rexroat

Sandra Rexroat will assume full-time responsibilities as director of the South Texas Archives. She has been director of Research and Sponsored Programs since 1999, but for the past nine months, she has been directing the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, while also overseeing the South Texas Archives. Rexroat has a master’s degree in history from Rhode Island College and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Friends University.

Rexroat came to Texas A&I University in 1989 as the director of the first university grants office funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, and was named Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1991, she became Assistant to the President where she maintained responsibility for the Office of Sponsored Research, and served as the Interim Director of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation for five years. In 1997, Rexroat was appointed the Associate Vice President for Research, Reporting and Strategic Planning and served in that position until she returned full time to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

She has been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators, served on the Advisory Council of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Office of Federal Programs; and for over 30 years, she has been an institutional liaison officer with that AASCU office and a research administrator at Rhode Island College, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York at New Paltz, Metropolitan State College in Denver and Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Rexroat succeeds Cecilia Aros Hunter, who retired from the university in 2007.

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