Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Finalist Selected for Provost

KINGSVILLE - April 22, 2009

Contact: Cheryl Cain
c-cain@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2138

Dr. Rex F. Gandy has been selected as the sole finalist for provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His appointment is pending approval from the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System. If the board approves his appointment, he plans to join the university on August 1.

“I am very excited about joining President Tallant’s administrative team at Texas A&M University-Kingsville,” Gandy said. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students of the university to advance an ambitious academic agenda.”

Gandy has been dean and professor in the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi since 2003. He also serves as the site director for the Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi. He previously was chair and professor at the University of Idaho, where he also served as team leader of the Idaho Nanoscience Initiative. His experience also includes stints at Auburn University, where he was associate dean for research in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and director of the Auburn Fusion Laboratory. From 1981-1984, he was a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His external grant funding totals more than $10 million throughout his career, and he has published more than 60 referreed articles and four book chapters, and he has been a contributing writer on nearly 140 papers.

He has been recognized for his work and in 2008 was named State of Mississippi Administrator of the Year by the State Association of Office Professionals and the University of Southern Mississippi Administrator of the year. In 2000, he received the Idaho Helping Hand Teaching Award from the University of Idaho.

Gandy is a member of the Governor’s Energy Task Force for the State of Mississippi and has been a proposal reviewer for the U. S. Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research Program and the U. S. Department of Energy Research in Innovative Approaches to Fusion Energy Sciences.
Dr. Steven H. Tallant, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville, said Gandy is an ideal fit for Texas A&M University-Kingsville and will be an asset as the university moves forward. “Dr. Gandy understands the importance of combining teaching, research and service components into our offerings for students. He also has a great deal of experience as a faculty member, department chair and dean. Therefore, he understands the growing and changing needs of the academic sector and realizes the importance of evaluating and updating our programs.”

Gandy earned his doctoral degree from the University of Texas and holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis.

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