Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rex Gandy Arrives with Newly Received National Administrator of the Year Honor

KINGSVILLE - August 11, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

REX GANDYDr. Rex Gandy began serving in his new role of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville at the start of August. He arrived on campus with decades of experience in higher education and a newly earned national honor—in June, he was named the 2009 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP).

The NAEOP National Educational Administrator of the Year award recognizes an administrator demonstrating excellence and support of staff in their efforts to progress professionally.

Gandy was nominated for the national award following his win of the 2009 Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professional Administrator of the Year award, while serving as dean of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology. He was nominated for the state-level award after winning the 2008 Southern Miss Association of Office Professionals Administrator of the Year award.

“I am extremely honored to receive the National Educational Administrator of the Year award,” Gandy said. “It is gratifying to be recognized by the educational office professionals who play such an important role in making the American educational system work.”

When asked what makes a good administrator, Gandy said that a key attribute is to work for the people that work for you.

Dr. Steven H. Tallant, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, said, “I am truly looking forward to serving with Rex Gandy. His being named Administrator of the Year is a well earned honor, and we are fortunate to have him on board with us at Texas A&M-Kingsville. His vision and experience will serve the university and the community well.”

When asked what he hopes to bring to A&M-Kingsville, Gandy said, “I look forward to working with President Tallant and his leadership team to pursue an agenda of growth and innovation. It is an exciting time at Texas A&M-Kingsville and I look forward to moving the academic agenda forward.”

Gandy served as dean and professor for the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi starting in 2003. Among his accomplishments there, Gandy increased professorial faculty by 25 percent, increased total external research funding by 57 percent and worked with the associate dean to establish a College Learning Center to promote basic skills in math and science.

Besides the NAEOP award, Gandy has received a host of other honors in his career. Some of them include serving on the Governor’s Energy Task Force for the State of Mississippi; earning the Idaho Helping Hand Teaching Award at the University of Idaho; and twice being a U.S. Department of Energy National Undergraduate Fellowship Project Winner.

Prior to working at the University of Southern Mississippi, Gandy was a physics chair and professor at the University of Idaho from 1999-2003. From 1984-1999, he was part of the faculty at Auburn University, finishing his time there as a professor and associate dean for research in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Before that, Gandy was a research scientist with MIT from 1981-1984.

About the National Association of Educational Office Professionals

The only national professional association for educational office personnel, the NAEOP seeks to provide professional growth opportunities, leadership and service for employees in education through a specifically-designed certification program, quality training, a network for sharing information and ideas, recognition of achievements and fellowship.

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