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A&M-CC Celebrates Local NAACP President’s FBI Award

September 22, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to celebrate community leadership. Earlier in the year, Corpus Christi NAACP President, Terry Mills, received the 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). The DCLA was created to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in the United States. State and local representatives gathered at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s University Center on Sept. 21, to honor Mills and his impactful leadership in the Coastal Bend community.

“I am truly blessed to receive this award, one that has never been given out in this region before,” said Mills. “My name is on the award, but I dedicate it to all of Corpus Christi. We may be different in ethnicity, gender and have different colored skin, but we are all one person as we work towards our goals for the community.”

In addition to leading the NAACP in Corpus Christi since 2009, Mills is also the NAACP area coordinator for Nueces County and the Rio Grande Valley. In 2008, Mills created the NAACP Annual Fund Banquet, which serves as a successful fundraiser to support community outreach activities. In 2016, Mills brought many agencies, community organizations, local businesses and schools together for a youth summit. Representatives discussed issues including domestic violence, self-esteem issues, hate crimes, cultural differences and the importance of making good life decisions.

Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, acted as emcee for the evening.

“At A&M-CC, our goal is to graduate leaders; therefore, it is important for us to recognize and celebrate leaders who give back to their community and serve as role models,” said Quintanilla. 

According to Mills, he shares similar goals with the Island University.

“The University is a place where everyone – from students to the community – are made to feel welcome,” said Mills. “We have a similar mission at the NAACP ‒ bringing people together, making them feel welcome and building bridges.”

Additional speakers included FBI Representative Greg Brown, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Gaye White, on behalf of State Representative Todd Hunter, NAACP Representatives Lena Coleman-Wilson and Marlon Griffen and General Manager of KIII-TV3, Dan Robbins.