Texas A&M University-Kingsville

New Role for Current President Announced

KINGSVILLE - June 19, 2008

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

Juárez answers call to assume faculty appointment
in Department of Psychology and Sociology

Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, who in February announced his resignation from the presidency of Texas A&M University-Kingsville effective June 30, has been asked by Dr. Michael McKinney, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, to assume a faculty appointment after he leaves the presidency.

Juárez will become a professor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Juárez’s teaching and research field is sociology with a specialty in social gerontology.

“While I was planning to lead graduate studies and research beginning July 1, I will always put the needs of Texas A&M University-Kingsville before my own,” Juárez said. “Chancellor McKinney told me he believes it would be best for the next presidential administration to select the leadership of the university’s graduate studies and research enterprises, and I accept his decision.

“Faculty teaching and research have always been the cornerstone of my career, and now that I am returning to them, I look forward to the excitement, opportunities and challenges that a faculty appointment carries with it,” said Juárez, who served as president for almost six years and was named President Emeritus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in June.

McKinney and Juárez also discussed professional developmental leave for Juárez to study recent literature in his field, develop curricula for courses he will teach and seek funding for research projects. The yearlong leave also will provide the university with time to schedule and plan for the courses Juárez will teach. He will return to Texas A&M-Kingsville in July 2009 to begin his faculty appointment.

Upon the Feb. 13 announcement of Juárez’s decision to resign the presidency, McKinney and Dr. Frank Ashley, vice chancellor for academic affairs with the Texas A&M System, conducted extensive meetings with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in determining the qualities Juárez’s successor should possess to build on the continued success of the university.

On April 1, McKinney announced the appointment of a 14-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee, representing the university’s major constituents, including faculty, staff, students, community leaders and other supporters, and chaired by Dr. Jacqueline Thomas, Regents professor and director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The advisory committee met June 12 for further consideration of potential candidates for the Texas A&M-Kingsville presidency.

Beginning July 1, Dr. Robert “Bob” Strawser will serve as interim president. Strawser is Regents professor and holds the Anderson Chair as professor of accounting at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School in College Station.


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