The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has named a sole finalist for the position of President at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Dan Jones is currently Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.
Dr. Jones was selected from a pool of 34 candidates and was one of the final groups that the Presidential Search Advisory Committee had put forward to the Chancellor earlier this month.
Prior to his appointment as Provost and VPAA, Dr. Jones served for several years as the Dean of University College at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Dr. Jones earned his B.J. in Magazine Journalism (with highest honors) and B.A. in English (highest honors) from the University of Texas at Austin. He has an M.A. in English from Rice University, as well as an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies, also from the University of Iowa.
He was a charter member of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Houston-Downtown, where he was also given the Service Excellence Award and the Student Government Association award for Outstanding Faculty Member.
His professional memberships include the American Studies Association, the Far West Popular Culture Association, the Popular Culture Association, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Jones, his wife, and their 10 year old daughter will be in Commerce Thursday and Friday to visit with employees and students.
Click the MP3 icon to listen as Presidential Search Advisory Committee Chair David Crenshaw explains why Dr. Jones was a finalist recommended to the Chancellor.
Schedule of meetings for Thursday and Friday:
Faculty Forum 1: Thursday, 1 p.m. Founders Lounge, MSC
Staff Forum: Thursday, 4 p.m. Founders Lounge, MSC
Reception(Alumni & Community Leaders): Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Leadership Lounge, MSC
Faculty Forum #2: Friday, 9 a.m. Leadership Lounge, MSC
Student Forum: Friday, 11 a.m. Founders Lounge, MSC