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Javelina Nation celebrates inauguration of Dr. Mark A. Hussey as 20th president

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            KINGSVILLE (April 25, 2019) — Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Javelina Nation came together today, April 25, to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Mark A. Hussey, the 20th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


            He opened his address with this sentiment, “Today is a special day for my family, but more importantly for our university. We stand firm on the foundation established by the leaders of this university throughout the years-the men and women who have educated generations of students and who have helped shape this region. Today, I want you to know that from that proud past we face an exciting future together. I truly believe that THIS IS OUR TIME.”


            “I am a product of Land Grant Universities. This historic piece of legislation known as the Morrill Act of 1862, also known as the Land Grant College Act, has shaped my thoughts about higher education,” Hussey added. “Penned by Justin Smith Morrill, who himself did not have a college degree, this legislation has made a lasting impact on public higher education not only in this nation but throughout the world.


            “Throughout our history, Texas A&M-Kingsville has been an institution with a mission similar to our country’s original land-grant universities. Our shared mission is one based on the fundamental principles of accessibility, affordability, excellence, a practical as well as classical education, as well as research and service in the public interest,” Hussey said.


            “It is my belief that Texas A&M-Kingsville as well as all of our System’s regional universities will continue to play an ever-increasing role in helping to shape the future of this great state,” he added. “At Texas A&M-Kingsville our primary focus is to develop the next generation of leaders for Texas, the nation and beyond. To achieve this goal we must also enhance the experiences (both domestic and international) of our undergraduate and graduate students.”


            Hussey used his inaugural address to reveal his two-part vision for Texas A&M-Kingsville. He wants the university to be a top three choice for any student in South Texas who wishes to attend an institution of higher education and to have programs that are perennially recognized nationally to be among the best in Texas.


            To make this vision a reality, Hussey outlined five priorities:


  • Embrace our history, traditions and our unique culture and in doing so communicate our strengths and accomplishments.
  • Continue to strengthen our position as a Carnegie High Research Doctoral University. This will require us to sharpen our focus on excellence and scholarship and in doing so grow our research and graduate programs.
  • Achieve recognition as a Carnegie Engaged University. Community engagement is a collaboration between an institution and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global). In my opinion, we do this well in a few programs, but we must strive to expand this type of engagement university-wide. This will require us to develop new partnerships with local-, regional- and Texas-based businesses and communities to provide our students with new learning experiences.
  • We should strive to become a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. To achieve this we will need to strategically grow our enrollment by investing in programs that can best meet the emerging the needs of this region.
  • We must achieve the goal of our ‘With you without Limits’ capital campaign and in doing so create a new culture of philanthropy within the Javelina family.


            The inauguration festivities started this morning with a brunch for invited guests. The procession started in front of the Founders Room. Hussey was led by students bearing the university flags, international students carrying their home country flags and members of the faculty in their regalia.


            Once in Jones Auditorium, Hussey was joined by his wife, Melissa. The Javelina Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony provided music for the event. Dr. Teresa Riley, senior vice president affairs and university administration, was the master of ceremonies.


            To begin the ceremony, a number of dignitaries brought greetings to Hussey including Mrs. Abby Lozano representing State Rep. J. M. Lozano; Jose Perieda for State Rep. Filemon Vela; Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid; Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate; Debbie Winslow, president of the Javelina Alumni Association; Dr. Timothy E. Fulbright, representing the university Regents Professors; Lt. General Ricardo S. Sanchez, USA Ret., chair of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation; Dr. Ambrose Anoruo, president of the Faculty Senate; Elisa Guerra, president of the Staff Council; William A. Hussey, the President’s son representing the family; and Ruben A. Martinez, president of the Student Government Association. Martinez presented Hussey with an official university ring.


           Billy Hamilton, Deputy Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer for the Texas A&M University System, conducted the investiture of Hussey and presented him with a university medallion.



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