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Texas A & M-Commerce: President Search Committee Named

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday, February 5, that a 13-member committee has been created to conduct a national search for the next President of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The committee includes two members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and representation from the faculty, students and administrators at A&M-Commerce, as well as several community leaders from the region.

The search committee will screen and interview candidates over the next several weeks and is charged with recommending no fewer than three finalists to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

In January, outgoing A&M-Commerce President Ray Keck announced his intention to step down by August 31, 2018. The regents hope to have a finalist selected to succeed President Keck in time to ensure a seamless transition.

“Selecting the next president of A&M-Commerce is not only critical for the future of the institution, but also for the well-being of the community and region,” said Chancellor Sharp. “I want to thank these individuals for volunteering their time for this important task.”

The members of the search committee are:

Bill Mahomes (Chair)


The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents

Tim Leach


The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents

Chuck Arize

Regents Professor of Business Administration

Texas A&M University-Commerce

 Julia Ballenger

Professor of Educational Leadership

Texas A&M University-Commerce

 Alicia Currin

Vice President for Business and Administration

Texas A&M University-Commerce

 Jeremy Gamez

Staff Council President

Texas A&M University-Commerce

 Andrea Graham

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Texas A&M University-Commerce

LaVelle Hendricks

Associate Professor of Counseling

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Chad King

Faculty Senate President

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Senator Ted Lyon


Ted B. Lyon & Associates

Josh Skinner (Ex Officio)

Student Body President

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Graham Sweeney


Boles Independent School District

Ken Threlkeld

Chairman Emeritus

Threlkeld & Company Insurance

Assisting the search committee will be James Hallmark, Texas A&M System Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and Laurie Wilder and Porsha Williams, consultants with Parker Executive Search, an Atlanta-based search firm.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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