The President's Perspective

The first Wednesday of each month.

The President's Perspective is a monthly half-hour chat with the president and CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Dan Jones.

Topics range from new and exciting developments for our students, faculty and staff at the University to State-wide higher education issues, to vacation plans for the Jones family.

At noon and again at 5pm on the first Wednesday of each month, join 88.9fm and KETR.org for The President's Perspective.

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.

Texas State Capitol
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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.

Dr. Dan Jones
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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:

KETR

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.

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.

TAMU-Commerce Photo

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.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

"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.

Texas Legislative Council

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.

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