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(Left to right) Matt Meinke, Dr. Michael Groth, and Dr. Dan Jones visiting at the A&M-Commerce Heritage House.
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In memory of A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones, who passed away April 29th last year, Notably Texan visited with Jones family friend and former college schoolmate Dr. Michael Groth who recalled memorable times and some of Dan's favorite music.

Dr. Ray Keck and Patricia Keck
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Dr. Ray Keck wears many hats; he's a husband, a father, a student, a mentor, a university administrator, a president, and an organist, for starters. But in his own words, when he looks back at his life, he finds, "teacher," to be the most accurate way to describe himself.

John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced today that Dr. Ray M.  Keck has been appointed Interim President at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Keck succeeds Dr. Dan Jones, who served as President at A&M-Commerce from 2008 until he passed away April 29.

Since 2001, Dr. Keck has served as the fifth president of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, where he worked closely with Dr. Jones, who served as provost from 2003 until his presidential appointment at Commerce.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones died this morning, according to a release from the university. He was 63. The cause of death has not been released. Jones is survived by his wife, Jalinna, and his children, Aislinn and Allyson.

The university will close at noon today in honor of Jones.

Jones was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness on April 16, according to university staff. On April 25, Jones sent the following email to university faculty and staff:

Dear Lion Family,

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"It's a good sign of a transition when you've only been here for a few months but it does feel sort of like a mini lifetime," says Dr. Tomás Aguirre, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Access and Success at Texas A&M University-Commerce during his introduction to listeners of The President's Perspective on KETR.

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones invited Aguirre as a guest on the program in order to discuss what he sees as the strengths and opportunities upon which his office will be able to capitalize in the coming months and years.

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The fourth annual Dan and Jalinna Jones Educational Awards will be presented to about 150 children from area schools at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The awards are named in honor of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and his wife Jalinna.  Dr. Jones and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling, are the guests on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

Myrna Jackson at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
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In May of 2015, the Texas House of Representatives voted 98-47 in favor of a bill that would allow Texas' concealed-carry license holders to carry weapons onto state and private university campuses, which Texas' governor Greg Abbott quickly signed into law.

Texas Representative Gary VanDeaver Visits University

Jan 11, 2016
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State Representative Gary VanDeaver recently visited Texas A&M University-Commerce to check on the implementation of the Institute for Competency-Based Education, an initiative funded by a special appropriation of  $1,487,000  that he helped pass in the 84th legislative session. This project addresses the need to find alternative, affordable ways to deliver high-quality education to students, including working adults.

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In the first episode of 2016, Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones invited Greenville mayor David Dreiling to be a guest on Jones' monthly radio show, The President's Perspective.

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"When I arrived at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2008... Hispanic student enrollment was around 7%. And today we're around 18%," said A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones during the November recording for his monthly radio program, The President's Perspective.

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  In a press conference on the campus of Austin Peay State University Tuesday, officials named Ryan Ivey the Governors' new Athletic Director.

The following release was issued by the Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Athletics:

A&M-Commerce Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey has resigned and accepted the Director of Athletics position at Austin Peay as announced by A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan R. Jones Tuesday. 

Myrna Jackson at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
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On a Sunday afternoon in late May, thirty-three college students and one Dr. LaVelle Hendricks of Texas A&M University-Commerce boarded a charter bus bound for Birminghim, Alabama - a city that has played host to some of the most significant events in American civil rights history.

The week long journey would take the group through Selma and on to Montgomery before the week was out.

 The proposals come at a time of record prosperity for the 32-year-old state savings account, which is fed by oil and gas taxes.
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  In May of 2015, the Texas House of Representatives voted 98-47 in favor of a bill that would allow Texas' concealed-carry license holders to carry weapons onto state and private university campuses, which Texas' governor Greg Abbott quickly signed into law.

January 19th marks the 24th year of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony presented by the Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference.

Dr. Dan Jones, CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce, presides as the master of ceremonies over the event, which takes place inside the Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on Fuller Street in Sulphur Springs at 7:00 p.m., and will honor a number of local residents with awards ranging from, “Spirit of Loyalty,” to, “MLK Man and Woman of the Year.”

“The reality is, we are looking at the fall of 2017,” Dr. Dan Jones said.
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  When it comes to the rate of educational attainment by 25-34 year olds, the State of Texas is on par with the country of Slovenia. Essentially, less than 32% of Texas' young people have obtained a college degree or other post-secondary credential. Right now, the country of South Korea leads the world in this metric, where 64% of the country's young adults are in that number.

(Left to right) Matt Meinke, Dr. Michael Groth, and Dr. Dan Jones visiting at the A&M-Commerce Heritage House.
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Dr. Michael Groth works as the Senior Editor in Berlin, Germany at Deutchlandradio, a National German public broadcast service, but his true passion is Americana and Texas music.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones supports the campaign of associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks to "buy Commerce."  Dr. Hendricks is promoting the importance of A&M-Commerce faculty and staff, and employees of other Commerce organizations, patronizing Commerce businesses.  Oct. 7-11 will be "Shop Commerce" week.

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Heading into a legislative session, it's good to keep a finger on the pulse of issues key to your industry, and in A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones' case, the industry is higher education.

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Summertime is no slow time at Texas A&M University-Commerce so long as young athletes and musicians have interest in summer camp. The campus plays host to a number of sports, music, teaching, and other special interest summer programs each year.

This month, Lions head basketball coach Sam Walker joins Dr. Dan Jones on The President's Perspective to talk about a recent basketball camp that drew talent, in the form of both campers and counselors, from around the nation.

Currin named VP of Business and Administration

May 20, 2014
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Alicia Currin has been named vice president of business and administration at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Currin’s prior role was chief of staff to the chief executive officer and director of planning and governmental relations. She will serve in an interim capacity until formal approval by the Board of Regents at their Sept. 3 meeting.

During the May 2014 installment of The President's Perspective, Dr. Dan Jones invited two guests to discuss the genesis and the successes of the Texas A&M Univeristy-Commerce rodeo team; advisor and coach Dr. Edward Romero and interim head of Agricultural Science, Dr. Derald Harp.

Dr. Romero, who is also the Chief Diversity Officer for the institution, stayed put after the break to help explain what is meant when the term "diversity" is tossed around. This discussion is a continuation of an ongoing series that highlights the guiding principles of the University, which are:

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Texas' 4th congressional district Rep. Ralph Hall joined Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and KETR General Manager Jerrod Knight for the April 2014 installment of KETR's local monthly talk show, The President's Perspective.

Unique to this broadcast was the opportunity to visit with the congressman at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. - a necessary element thanks to Hall's tight schedule. In fact, the program was short by five minutes as a quick vote on the House floor was announced, and staffers whisked him away.

Hall to visit with Jones on KETR

Mar 27, 2014

Texas’ 4th Congressional District Rep. Ralph Hall will join Dr. Dan Jones, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, for a live broadcast of 88.9 KETR’s The President’s Perspective at noon on Wed. April 2.

Hall, the World War II veteran who, at 90 years old, is the oldest serving member of Congress, will sit down with Jones and KETR’s Jerrod Knight for a live broadcast from the studio headquarters of NPR in Washington, D.C.

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Possible tuition increases are on the way for Texas A&M University-Commerce students, but this time you may actually appreciate them.

This week on The Morning Bell, we discuss these increases and what it could mean for your future years at the university.

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College tuition is one of the biggest challenges that college students face when planning their futures. Texas A&M University-Commerce is doing what they can to help out.

Daniel Starks speaks with A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones on this week's edition of The Morning Bell.

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In January, the Wall Street Journal published two separate pieces that took aim at "bureaucratic bloat," the questionable value of a college degree, and other presumed ills of higher education. Today, Dr. Dan Jones of Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a counterargument, one that frowns on social determinism and some specific elitist views.

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A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti say the university and the city are doing a feasibility study of applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to attract a regional medical center to Commerce.  This would be in addition to the new Hunt Memorial Hospital District facility that will be built here this year.

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Last Saturday, December 28th, was the date of the funeral for legendary country and western singer, songwriter, and bandleader, Ray Price, who died at 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Among those who spoke at the service were radio personalities Dallas Wayne, Eddie Stubbs, and Bill Mack – who read a statement from Willie Nelson. Also asked to speak was Dr. Dan Jones of Texas A&M University-Commerce, the institution which conferred upon Price a doctorate of Humane Letters in December of 2009.

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When president Dan Jones first introduced his seven Guiding Principles to the university, he knew they'd be the impetus for continued growth and realignment in order to meet the needs of future generations of students. To that end, further discussion is required in order for the administration to stay current - and part of that discussion happens on today's episode of The President's Perspective.

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"Let me tell you, this is as far north as my family would like to go," says Columbian-born Dr. Adolfo Benavides about his recent move to Greenville to accept the role of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

On this episode, Dr. Dan Jones introduces us to Benavides, and the two discuss plans for helping to keep A&M-Commerce a "forward-looking" institution.

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