Board of Regents Meeting Update
I hope you are enjoying the spring weather. It's a wonderful time of year to be on our campus.
The regular meeting of The Texas A&M University Board of Regents in College Station Thursday welcomed a new chairman, Dr. Richard Box of Austin, and a new vice-chairman, Mr. Phil Adams, a Bryan businessman. This was also the first regular meeting for three new regents, Judy Morgan of Texarkana, Cliff Thomas of Victoria and Elaine Mendoza of San Antonio.
All three agenda items requested by Tarleton were approved. Tenure was granted, effective September 1, 2011 to Dr. Hennen Cummings, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management, and to Dr. Keith Emmert, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.
Faculty development leave was approved for Dr. Carol Key, associate professor of sociology, for fall 2011; and Professor Emeritus status was granted to Dr. James Konvicka, professor of biological sciences and former head of that department. He served Tarleton for 37 years.
I'm also happy to report that an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was authorized by the board to be awarded to Kenneth Wyatt, a Tarleton alumnus who has created more than 9,000 pieces of art. His works can be found in state capitols, national museums, foundations and private collections, and have been acquired by world-famous figures including former President George W. Bush, the King of Dubai and the Queen of England.
I continue to be proud of the achievements of our faculty now and over the years, and of our alumni, like Kenneth Wyatt, who bring acclaim to the university through their works.
F. Dominic Dottavio