Hundreds Attend 'In Session with the President' Benefit Luncheon

Published: September 04, 2013

Hundreds Attend 'In Session with the President' Benefit Luncheon

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— Six hundred people attended “In Session with the President,” a luncheon to benefit the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CCHCC) Mano-A-Mano Scholarship Program, held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Ortiz International Center.

During the luncheon, Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, talked about the University’s strategy to serve the needs of South Texas and beyond with educational programs, research projects, and community initiatives.  

“We want to educate our students here and keep them here to fill leadership positions in business and the community,” said Killebrew.  “Currently 90 percent of our graduates stay in Texas, with 52 percent of them living and working here in the Coastal Bend.”

Killebrew also unveiled the University’s new master plan.  By the year 2025, it is estimated that enrollment at the Island University will nearly double to over 22,000 students.  The University’s new master plan maps out the steps Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will take to meet the needs of this larger student body. This is good news for both the University and the community.

“Every 1,000 new students we enroll at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi translates to 504 full-time jobs and $24.4 million dollars added to the local economy,” said Killebrew.  “This is just for 1,000 students. We expect to add more than 11,000 over the next 12 years.”  

The CCHCC will use the funds raised at the event to benefit the Mano-A-Mano Scholarship Program, which works to educate and keep students in the Coastal Bend.