Island University President Outlines Path to Emerging Research Status

September 10, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President and CEO Flavius Killebrew outlined the path to becoming an emerging research university during the State of the University luncheon on Sept. 10 at the American Bank Center.

The University is on a path to becoming an emerging research university, a designation that brings increased focus on and commitment to research, scholarship and creative activity across all fields of study.

“For communities with similar resources, a university with emerging research status has had a profound impact on the fabric of the community through business, public life, infrastructure and the arts,” Killebrew said. “Emerging research status is essential in order to keep the best and brightest in our community.”

State Representative Todd Hunter addressed the crowd in a video, saying a focus on research at A&M-Corpus Christi will bring in students, high-paying jobs and expertise.

“Pushing research and development for the coastal region through the university is very, very good,” he said. “And the return is tremendous.”

The State of the University also included details on existing research efforts, highlights from the past year and a look at the University’s strategic plan called Momentum 20/20.

 “I am proud of the growth and development the Island University and the Coastal Bend region are experiencing,” Killebrew said. “With our community partners, the University is actively strategizing and planning for a strong future that builds on our accomplishments and our commitment to students and research for the benefit of everyone in the Coastal Bend.”

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit student scholarships.