CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, announced at today’s State of the University address his intentions to retire and step down from his position on December 31, 2016.
Dr. Killebrew assumed the presidency on January 1, 2005. Over the last 12 years, enrollment at the Island University has increased 36 percent to a record high of 12,203 students. During his time as president, Dr. Killebrew has also doubled both the university’s research expenditures and, with the addition of the Momentum Campus, its physical footprint.
He secured one of only six Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft system research centers in the country, and he helped the university obtain designation as a RESTORE Research Center of Excellence.
Dr. Killebrew initiated 19 new academic programs, including six new doctoral programs and two in engineering. He raised over $62 million in donations for the Island University and directed capital expansion projects totaling over $350 million. Among other accomplishments, he successfully moved the university into the Southland Conference.
“Kathy and I feel truly blessed to have led such a dynamic group of faculty and staff and have been amazed at the caliber and character of our students,” said Dr. Killebrew. “Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is definitely a rare pearl for South Texas.”
Dr. Killebrew has served the Texas A&M University System for 43 years. Prior to being named President of A&M-Corpus Christi, he served as Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
“Flavius has exceeded even the highest expectations in his leadership of this university. It was my hope he would serve through another legislative session, but I respect his decision to hand over the reins,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “I will be making an announcement about the university’s future leadership at a later date. Today is about celebrating Flavius and Kathy and all they have done for Corpus Christi.”
In addition to announcing his retirement plans, Dr. Killebrew highlighted a number of the university’s new academic programs in Wednesday’s State of the University address. These included bachelor’s degree programs in Graphic Design and Atmospheric Science, a master’s degree program in Coastal and Marine System Science, and a new doctorate degree program in Nursing Practice.
Dr. Killebrew also announced the winner of the contest to name the Life Science and Engineering Building. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for the new facility, which will serve as the new home of two of the university’s fastest growing programs. The winning entry – Tidal Hall – came from Garrett Arnett, a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science.
This year’s State of the University sponsors included Plains Capital Bank, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Fulton Coastcon General Contractors, The Blossom Shop and M&G Chemicals.