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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Announces Dr. David Scott as New Dean of College of Education and Human Development

June 26, 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces Dr. David Scott as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD). He will assume his duties in fall 2017, subject to approval by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. Scott most recently served as Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico (UNM), a position he held for the last nine years.

As COEHD Dean, Scott will supervise academic, faculty, and student affairs in the College and continue research initiatives, along with community programs and partnerships. He will also oversee the Blanche Davis Moore Early Childhood Development Center, University Preparatory High School program, and the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center.

"I am very excited and honored to become the Dean of the COEHD at A&M-Corpus Christi,” said Scott. “I look forward to working collectively with faculty, staff and students to further develop and enhance innovative teaching and learning as well as facilitate groundbreaking research and transformative community engagement.”

Scott earned his Bachelors from Texas A&M University, a Masters from Midwestern State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Physical Education with Specialization in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

“I am confident that Dr. Scott will lead the College of Education and Human Development in its mission to prepare leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve the educational needs of the local and global community,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Interim President of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Scott spent the first ten years of his career as a biology teacher and coached several sports in secondary schools in Texas. After completing his doctoral degree in 1997, Scott joined UNM, becoming Department Chair of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences in 2004, and Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement in 2008. Throughout his tenure in higher education, Scott has been extremely active in professional and community service, as well as securing numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to his 24 publications, Scott has presented nationally and internationally at over 40 conferences.

“Dr. Scott comes to us with many years of service at the University of New Mexico,” said Dr. Ted Guffy, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at A&M-Corpus Christi. “His vast experience will serve our Island University well as a Hispanic Serving Institution seeking to become an Emerging Research Institution.”