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Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules spring commencement May 17

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            KINGSVILLE (May 9, 2019) — More than 1,050 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during three commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, May 17.


            The graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Education and Human Performance will received their degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business Administration will walk the stage at 1 p.m. Graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will receive their degrees at 4 p.m.


            There will be two commencement speakers over the three ceremonies. Dr. Rumaldo Juarez, past president of Texas A&M-Kingsville, will speak at the first two ceremonies. Michael Howard, alumnus of the chemical engineering program, will speak at the 4 p.m. ceremony.


            Five graduates will be commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army by LTC Victor Diaz, professor of military science. Those that will be commissioned include Cristian Barriossalas, Nnana Wokoma Edmund, Gregorio Hernandez, Russel S. Norton and Frank Allen Russell.


            Ruben A. Martinez, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.


            Debbie Winslow, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will bring a welcome on behalf of the association.


            Jon Mogford, Vice Chancellor for Research with The Texas A&M University System, will bring greetings from The Texas A&M System.


About Dr. Rumaldo Juarez (commencement speaker, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

            Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez is a past president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville serving from 2002 to 2008. He currently serves as president of the Robstown Independent School District Education Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation and Nueces Electric Cooperative Inc. and is a member of the Corpus Christi Northwest Rotary International Club and the Northwest Business Association and Adjutant of VFW Post 3837. He is president of the Robstown Area Historical Museum and past president of the Robstown Area Development Commission.


            Juárez is a 1962 graduate of Robstown High School. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from Texas A&M University, is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Corps of Cadets and a decorated Vietnam Veteran U.S. Army Officer. Juárez received his doctorate in rural sociology from Penn State University. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Management Development Program and the Governor’s Executive Development Program, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of the Kellogg Fellow Leadership Program.


            During his 36 years in the field of higher education, he held academic appointments at University of Arizona, University of Texas-Pan American, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio. Prior to serving as president at Texas A&M-Kingsville, he was dean and professor of the College of Health Professions at Texas State University.


            Outside of higher education, Juárez was a social science analyst in the Office of Evaluation and Technical Analysis in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. Juárez and his wife, Teresa, reside in Northwest Corpus Christi.


About Michael Howard (commencement speaker, 4 p.m.)

            A native of Agua Dulce, Mike Howard is an alumnus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in chemical engineering in 1995. After graduating, Howard rose through the ranks of various oil and gas companies, ultimately becoming the president of midstream for one of the largest, publicly-traded pipeline companies in the United States.


            In 2010, he quit that lucrative position to become an entrepreneur. Howard co-founded Howard Energy Partners (HEP) with business partner Brad Bynum. What started in 2011 with eight employees has grown into a business with nearly 350 employees in 10 offices in Texas, Pennsylvania and Mexico. HEP has built, acquired and operates over $2 billion in assets including natural gas and crude oil gathering and transportation pipelines, natural gas processing plants, liquid storage terminals, deep-water port facilities, rail facilities and other related midstream assets.


            In addition to his busy professional life, Howard is active in the San Antonio community and in the oil and gas industry as a whole. He serves on the Board of Trustees for United Way of Bexar County, the Board of Directors for the Texas Pipeline Association and as an energy industry advisory council member for Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sinton. He is active in the San Antonio Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and was named as E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.


            As a proud Javelina, Howard was recently asked to serve on the Board of Trustee of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation. Howard and his wife, Meredith, live in San Antonio and have three children, Jaden, Jack and Adele.



About Jon Mogford

            Dr. Jon Mogford is vice chancellor for research for The Texas A&M University System. He works in close collaboration with the system’s 11 universities, seven state agencies and health science center to facilitate the growth of research of all system members. As leader of the A&M System Office of Research, Mogford is responsible for providing services and support to all 19 system members in areas including research development and research compliance.


            Previous to his present position, he was associate chancellor, Office of Strategic Initiatives for the system, having joined that office from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency where he was acting director of the Defense Sciences Office.


           Mogford obtained his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Texas A&M University and his doctorate is medical physiology from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. His research in vascular physiology continued at the University of Chicago as a Postdoctoral Fellow from 1997-98. Mogford transitioned his research focus to the field of wound healing at Northwestern University, both as a research associate and also as a research assistant professor from 1998-2003. 



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