University President and History Professor Honored at LULAC Banquet

Published: March 10, 2016

University President and History Professor Honored at LULAC Banquet

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi employees have been recognized by the LULAC's Outstanding Community Leaders Banquet for their stand-out leadership in the Coastal Bend across a variety of fields.

Dr. Flavius C. Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Dr. Anthony Quiroz, Professor of History, were among the nine recipients honored during the event held Feb. 18 at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel.

Killebrew, the 10th president of A&M University-Corpus Christi, was recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Under his leadership, the University has been named by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of only six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems. Also, Texas OneGulf, led by the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies, was designated a RESTORE Center of Excellence. Killebrew was instrumental in establishing the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, expanding degree offerings to include a master’s degree in geospatial surveying and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, and working with the City of Corpus Christi to expand off the Island University to the Momentum Campus.

He was selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is active in several other educational organizations. In addition, he has served on numerous boards, including the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, the USS Lexington and South Texas Institute for the Arts.

“I am thankful to have received this LULAC honor doing the work that helps build the University and the community that I call home,” said Killebrew. “It’s so exciting to see the progress we have made and to continue for future generations.”

Quiroz was recognized as “Educator of the Year” for teaching such topics as Mexican American history, U.S. 20th century political history and U.S. labor history. In his acceptance speech, Quiroz discussed the importance of teaching and learning Mexican American history.  In addition to his teaching duties, he also coordinates the Minor in Mexican American Studies. 

Quiroz published his most recent book, “Leaders of the Mexican American Generation,” a collection of biographical essays that explore the lives of a range of influential members of the U.S. Mexican American community between 1920 and 1965, who paved the way for major changes in their social, political, and economic status within the United States.           

He was also interviewed by C-SPAN as part of a historical showcase for knowledge of Mexican American history.  During the interview, he discussed his book, “Claiming Citizenship: Mexican Americans in Victoria, Texas.”            

Quiroz is also active with the American Historical Association and the Texas State Historical Association and has helped organize the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Celebration at TAMU-CC and presented at numerous American GI Forum events to benefit and promote the Hispanic community.

“My goal as an educator and researcher is to validate the Mexican American experience for our students and members of the community,” said Quiroz. “It’s also important that we seek out an understanding of American citizenship, open it up for discussion and continue to maintain a path toward equality and greater levels of inclusion for all.”

LULAC, the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States, advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.