Corpus Christi 2020 Event Celebrates Past, Looks to Emerging Research Future

November 20, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend presented a vision for Corpus Christi 2020, at a luncheon held today (Thursday, Nov. 20). The luncheon was to inform the community of YBP’s initiative to help Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi become an emerging research university and celebrate the efforts that transformed the school into a four-year institution.

The luncheon at the Ortiz Center featured keynote speaker Economist Ray Perryman, founder and president of The Perryman Group. 

The luncheon also recognized the efforts of the 4UCC group, spearheaded by former Corpus Christi Mayor Luther Jones, that mobilized the community with a common goal of bringing a four-year university to Corpus Christi.

Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, also shared the University’s Momentum 2020 strategic plan that sets the course for the next five years by building on the momentum of growth, academic excellence, and research already underway.

“Momentum 2020 has a clear understanding of the role A&M-Corpus Christi plays in this community,” Killebrew said. “We remain committed to developing successful students and welcoming a diverse and highly qualified student body. And, we are increasing our efforts in research, scholarship, and creative activity across all fields. Our goal to become the first emerging research university in south Texas has the potential to change the trajectory of Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend – just like the transition to a four-year university did back in 1994.”

The event ended with a call to action to pledge support for the effort by joining the YBP group (http://ybp.tamucc.edu/join/) in its “Are you for Corpus Christi” initiative, and using the #RU4CC hashtag to communicate a message about a bright future for our community.