Texas A&M University-Kingsville

System Vice Chancellor will Keynote Commencement

KINGSVILLE - July 16, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

More than 250 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage during summer commencement ceremonies at 11 a.m. at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Steinke Physical Education Center Saturday, Aug. 1.

Among the prospective graduates, 126 are bachelor’s candidates and 127 are scheduled to receive master’s degrees. There are five doctoral candidates.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Frank B. Ashley III, vice chancellor for academic affairs for The Texas A&M University System. Kenneth Nelson, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Marisa Martinez-Chapa, Javelina Alumni Association president, will present the official university ring to one graduate, who is selected based on leadership, campus and community service and honors and awards.

About Dr. Frank B. Ashley III

Ashley has been vice chancellor for academic affairs for The Texas A&M University System since 2007. In this position, he coordinates performance-based funding, oversees research administration, leads efforts to expand enrollment of community college transfer students to System universities and leads development of comprehensive distance education initiatives.

He has been with the System since 1986 when he served as assistant professor of health and kinesiology and coordinator of sports management at Texas A&M University. He worked his way up at A&M to the position of interim assistant provost for enrollment before becoming dean of the College of Education and Human Services at sister school Texas A&M University-Commerce.

While at A&M-Commerce, Ashley also served as interim provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. Ashley earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama.

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