The Texas A&M University System News Release

Billy Hamilton

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Thursday appointed a new president to one of the Texas A&M University System institutions and approved new titles for two of the System’s top administrators.

Board members officially named Dr. Mark J. Rudin as the new president of President of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Rudin most recently served the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Boise State University.

“It is with great pleasure that the Board of Regents welcomes Dr. Rudin to Texas A&M University-Commerce,” said Charles Schwartz, chairman of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. “We are sure he will build on our years of success at Texas A&M University-Commerce.”

The Board of Regents also approved title changes of the following System leaders:

  • Billy Hamilton, formerly Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, is now Deputy Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer.
  • M. Katherine Banks is now Vice Chancellor for Engineering and National Laboratories, a title that reflects her leadership role with Triad National Security, LLC, which will manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She formerly was Vice Chancellor for Engineering for The Texas A&M University System. Dr. Banks also remains Dean of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering and Agency Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.

Additionally, Dr. Patrick Stover was named as the sole finalist to be Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Stover already is Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M AgriLife.

The Board also appointed Charley Todd as Interim Agency Director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

Additionally, the Board adopted three resolutions, including:

  • A resolution honoring Dr. Ray M. Keck, III as President of Texas A&M University-Commerce and bestowing the title of President Emeritus,
  • A resolution honoring Gary F. Sera for his outstanding dedication and service as agency director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, and
  • A resolution recognizing officials of The Texas A&M University System for their contributions to the successful bid for the management and operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“Gary Sera and Dr. Keck leave behind great legacies of leadership within The Texas A&M University System,” Chancellor John Sharp said. “The System and the state are better places because of their hard work and dedication.”

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 $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 150,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $946 million in FY 2015 and helped drive the state’s economy.

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