COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday 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 Aug. 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.

About the Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.

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