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The President's Perspective

In this final installment of a podcast series dedicated to the Texas A&M University-Commerce 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, Dr. Mark Rudin takes time to spell out the thinking behind the four foundational principles laid out in the plan.

They include commitments to be:

  • Transformative
  • Innovative
  • Inclusive
  • Sustainable

A transcript of the discussion, recorded in early February 2020, is below.

Located 66 miles northeast of Dallas, Commerce, TX has been home to the institution now called Texas A&M University-Commerce since an 1894 fire forced its relocation from Cooper, TX. A&M-Commerce occupies a unique space straddling a line between an urban and a rural identity.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce 2019-2024 Strategic Plan lists, "Create an inclusive community characterized by respect and collaboration," as a strategic priority and goal. An ongoing Civility Initiative, headed by counseling professor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, seeks to instill and confirm ideas about how university personnel might positively interact with one another and with students, families, and community members.

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin discusses this institutional priority on The President's Perspective.

Transcription follows:

To say that Texas A&M University-Commerce president Mark Rudin carries a flame for institutional research is a bit of an understatement. It's his passion, and it shows clearly in this conversation with KETR's Jerrod Knight. This episode of The President's Perspective is the second in an initial series on the subject of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan for A&M-Commerce. The plan introduces five strategic priorities and goals, the second of which is a commitment to "Elevate Research."

Bob Hall, Ray Keck, Charles Austin, Keith McFarland
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On Saturday, October 28th, 2016, at 9:30 in the morning, an audience of 85 or so attendees witnessed a ribbon-cutting and rededication ceremony at the campus grave site of William Leonidas Mayo, founder of the college that would one day become Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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.

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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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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.

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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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Jerrod Knight

"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.

In his first interview on 88.9 KETR, newly named Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray visits with Dr. Dan Jones on his monthly radio address.

McMurray comes most recently from athletics consulting firm Rainmakers 123, but describes his background in higher education athletics administration, as well as his short term plan for keeping up the momentum that the immediate previous administration had created.

Myrna Jackson at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
Jerrod Knight

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.

“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.

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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.

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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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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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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The ability to build new academic buildings using Tuition Revenue Bonds, widely seen as a done deal by local lawmakers, didn't happen in the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature. Or in the special session that followed. Or the second one. Or the third.

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"We've really set as our goal to be the University that cares," says Dr. Mary Hendrix, Vice President for Student Access and Success at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The Legislature will see a special session if it  doesn’t pass a state budget by May 29.
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Last month, Dr. Jones discussed with our audience the fact that while the Texas legislature had failed to pass bills that would allow state universities to construct new academic buildings, there was a chance that the first special session would finalize the deal. It did not.

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The legislative clock ran out on the Tuition Revenue Bonds that universities in Texas had been counting on to fund new academic buildings - for the first time since 2006. But then, there are always special sessions.

Jerrod Knight

Dr. Jones visits with university safety manager Derek Preas, then with VP Bob Brown on campus planning issues.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce has two new faces in the department of Athletics, and so, there are two new voices to hear on today's episode.

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As we wrap up the calendar year on the program, we look to highlight some of the more memorable discussions from The President's Perspective on KETR.

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What can higher education do to have a positive effect on the collegiate success of today's middle school and high school students? What difference does it make for our region? Dr. Dan Jones, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, helps answer these questions and more on The President's Perpsective.

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