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The President's Perspective

The first Wednesday of each month.

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

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

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

Bob Hall, Ray Keck, Charles Austin, Keith McFarland
Jerrod Knight

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...

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

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. Set to take effect in the fall of 2016, the new mandate has obligated university presidents to a series of tasks related to implementing the measure. For example, public opinion regarding the limited placement of "gun-free zones" must be...

David Dreiling
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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. Together, Jones and Dreiling discuss the growing number of businesses opening in Greenville and the idea that the Hunt county seat is now a retail destination, rather than a wide spot in the road on the way to more metropolitan areas. The two also discuss the mayor's take on the University's...

Doctor Fred Fuentes
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. On the program, Jones, invites Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management for Hispanic Outreach and Retention Dr. Fred Fuentes to share stories of success from the focused initiative aimed at increasing Hispanic enrollment, and...

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. The President's Perspective is a monthly half-hour chat with...

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. Students visited Rickwood Field , the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ,...

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. Set to take effect in the fall of 2016, the new mandate has obligated university presidents to a series of tasks related to implementing the measure. For example, public opinion regarding the limited placement of "gun-free zones" must be...

“The reality is, we are looking at the fall of 2017,” Dr. Dan Jones said.
A&M-Commerce Marketing and Communications

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. Last month, these metrics were the primary topic of discussion at the conference of the Texas Higher Education...

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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. One of those issues is the allowance of capital improvements to state university campuses. The buzzword, or buzz-acronym, is T.R.B.s, for tuition revenue bonds. When the state congress allows them to be issued, state-owned universities may build new buildings, like libraries, for instance. In fact,...

TAMUC Marketing Communications

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. Later in the program...

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...

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...

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. “I’m excited for this opportunity to talk with Congressman Hall...

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