Education is topic of ROTC Leadership Symposium

ROTC Leadership Symposium

Tarleton State University

Monday, November 18, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Leading Texas educators Leo Sayavedra and William (Bill) Reaves will headline the ROTC Leadership Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater.

The symposium will consist of a moderated panel discussion with Sayavedra and Reaves sharing their personal and professional perspectives on leadership.

Dr. Leo Sayavedra spent his early years of life working in the fields of South Texas helping put food on his family’s table. After earning a degree in mathematics and chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, he returned to South Texas where he established a reputation as an outstanding science and math teacher and coach. He later earned his master’s from the University of North Texas and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

He joined the faculty at the new upper level center of what was then Texas A&I in Laredo and later served as academic dean and vice president and eventually president. While president he oversaw the merger of the University System of South Texas and The Texas A&M University System. In 1995 he became deputy chancellor of the A&M System and also served as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Sayavedra later played key roles in helping establish Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Dr. William (Bill) Reaves served in the dual capacity of associate vice chancellor for public education for The Texas A&M University System and as executive director of the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE). In this capacity he oversaw statewide teacher quality and public school improvement projects involving all nine universities within the A&M System, including the Regents' Initiative for Excellence in Education.

From 1996-2003, Reaves served as assistant commissioner for school-university initiatives for the Texas Education Agency as a part of the A&M System's Partnership for Texas Public Schools. Immediately prior to that he served as associate dean of the College of Education and Fine Arts at Tarleton State University, coordinating that university's 50-campus Effective Schools Project, as well as other school-university initiatives.

Reaves came to higher education with 20 years of experience in the public schools as a teacher and administrator in three states. In Texas, he served as deputy superintendent for instruction of the Fort Bend Independent School District, superintendent of the Palacios Independent School District, and executive director of the Teachers' Professional Practices Commission of Texas.

The Leadership Symposium is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Tarleton State University's ROTC Program, College of Education and the Division of Advancement and External Relations.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Janice Horak

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