Board of Regents and Administrative Officers

Board of Regents

Cliff Thomas, Chairman - Victoria

Elaine Mendoza, Vice Chairman - San Antonio

Phil Adams - Bryan/College Station

Robert L. "Bob" Albritton - Fort Worth

Anthony G. Buzbee - Houston

Morris E. Foster - Austin

William "Bill" Mahomes, Jr. - Dallas

Judy Morgan - Texarkana

Charles W. Schwartz - Houston

Alvaro “Gabe” Pereira (Student Regent) - College Station

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Vickie Burt Spillers - Executive Secretary to the Board of Regents

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Chancellor - John Sharp

Texas A&M University Administrative Officers

President - Michael K. Young

Provost and Executive Vice President - Karan L. Watson

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Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Mark A. Hussey

Dean, College of Architecture - Jorge A. Vanegas

Dean, Mays Business School - Eli Jones

Dean, College of Dentistry - Lawrence E. Wolinsky

Dean, College of Education and Human Development - Joyce M. Alexander

Dean, College of Engineering - M. Katherine Banks

Dean, College of Geosciences - Kate C. Miller

Dean, Bush School of Government and Public Service - General Mark A. Welsh III

Dean, Texas A&M University School of Law - Andrew P. Morriss

Dean, College of Liberal Arts - Pamela R. Matthews

Dean, College of Medicine (interim) - Paul E. Ogden

Dean, College of Nursing - Sharon A. Wilkerson

Dean, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy - Indra K. Reddy

Dean, School of Public Health - Jay Maddock

Dean, College of Science - Meigan Aronson

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences - Eleanor M. Green

Dean, Texas A&M University Libraries - David H. Carlson

Dean, Texas A&M University at Qatar - César O. Malavé

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Senior Vice President, Texas A&M University Health Science Center (interim) - Paul E. Ogden

Vice Provost - Michael J. Benedik

Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity - Christine A. Stanley

Vice President of Finance and Administration - Jerry R. Strawser

Vice President for Government Relations - Michael G. O’Quinn

Vice President for Marketing and Communications (interim) - Shane Hinckley

Vice President for Research - Glen A. Laine

Vice President for Student Affairs - Daniel J. Pugh, Sr.

Commandant of the Corps of Cadets - Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. (Ret.)

Vice President and CEO, Texas A&M University at Galveston - Douglas J. Palmer

Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost (interim) - John R. August

Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies - Karen L. Butler-Purry

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies - Ann L. Kenimer

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs - Michael T. Stephenson

Associate Vice President for Academic Services - Joseph P. Pettibon, II

Associate Vice Provost for External Relations - Chad E. Wootton

Associate Vice Provost for Administration and Academic Affairs - Deena J. McConnell

Objectives of Graduate and Professional Studies

The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) maintains the official record for each graduate student, and in this role serves as the primary administrative body and overarching source of information for graduate education. Once a graduate student is accepted by an academic department, school or college, OGAPS assists and facilitates progression toward completion of a graduate degree through maintenance of all official documents. OGAPS interacts directly with the Graduate Council and Graduate Operations Committee to set minimal University guidelines, and all departments and colleges use these as a framework for operation, only setting more stringent standards when needed and appropriate. Clearance for graduation, including final review of theses, dissertations, and records of study when required, is performed by OGAPS, but the Office of the Registrar is responsible for issuing all transcripts.

The overall objective of graduate study is to provide a student with the intellectual depth and breadth, and appropriate training and professional development necessary to pursue a productive career in a profession and/or in various fields of teaching and research and in other ways make a larger contribution to society than would be otherwise possible.

A graduate student is admitted for graduate study in a department to pursue generally only one of the university graduate programs at a time. Such programs are usually accessible by admission into a single department. A select number of dual degree programs allow a student the opportunity to pursue two masters degrees simultaneously. For a listing of the approved dual degree programs, a student should consult the graduate catalog and his/her department. In some cases, an intercollegiate faculty oversees the programs allowing access through several departments. Each department has one or more graduate advisors who can provide information about specific programs within that department.

A student’s program of graduate study usually consists of a combination of coursework, independent study and scholarly research resulting in a report, record of study, master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. In some programs, a student may be required to participate in an internship or other professional activity to satisfy particular degree requirements. Some departments require a student’s participation in teaching as part of his/her degree program.

Administration of Graduate and Professional Studies

The graduate faculty at Texas A&M University consists of the President, the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Associate Provosts, the Deans of all subject-matter colleges, selected Directors and properly qualified academic group. Members of the graduate faculty participate in the graduate degree programs of the University by serving on student advisory committees and teaching graduate courses. Individuals who are not members of the graduate faculty of Texas A&M University may not teach graduate courses or serve on student advisory committees unless special approval is granted by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Administrative Officers

Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies - Karen L. Butler-Purry, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies - Susan A. Bloomfield, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies - Rosana G. Moreira, Ph.D.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is composed of representatives from the graduate faculty at Texas A&M. The Council develops and maintains policies and procedures pertaining to graduate programs at the university. The Council’s function includes long-range planning, recommendation of new programs and courses, evaluation of existing programs and courses, and facilitation of university accreditation. Agenda items and questions may be sent via e-mail to

The Graduate Council shall review all curricular requests pertaining to the graduate and professional academic programs, shall be responsible for the quality and development of the graduate instruction and programs and shall advise the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies on all graduate and professional program matters. The Graduate Council shall communicate in writing, through its secretary, its recommendations to the Faculty Senate.

Membership shall consist of one representative from each College and off campus academic unit, who shall be selected by the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees after consultation with the College deans and caucuses (chairs of college graduate instruction committees and associate deans for graduate programs shall be considered for appointment); two representatives of the Graduate Faculty; two graduate students; and the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies as an Ex-Officio member. All faculty members shall be members of the Graduate Faculty.

All of the above members except the Associate Provost shall be voting members. In the absence of the appointed member, a substitute may vote on behalf of that unit.

Included also among Graduate Council membership in a non-voting capacity are the following: Curricular Services; Library Council – Evans; Library - Medical; Office of Graduate and Professional Studies – Associate Provost; Graduate Studies - TAMU Galveston; Office of Graduate and Professional Studies - Specialist.

Graduate Council Members

(September 2016–August 2017)

* Indicates non-voting member

Chair, Leonard Bright
David Reed
Leslie Feigenbaum
Annie McGowan
Larry Bellinger
Beverly Irby
Prasad Enjeti
Robert Hetland
Kirsten Pullen
Warren Zimmer
Debra Matthews
Mansoor Khan
Jeffrey Hatala
Mark Zoran
Jane Welsh         
Emily Wilson
Dennis Jansen
At-Large Faculty Representative (School of Law) – to be determined      
Marisa Biondi 
Koen Hocker  
Karen Butler-Purry *
Sandra Williams *
Paula Sullenger *
Arwen Meador *
Rosana Moreira *
Nicole Kinslow *

Graduate Operations Committee (GOC)

The Graduate Operations Committee serves as an advisory body to the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies.  It focuses primarily on operations and procedures regarding administration of graduate education throughout the University.  The Graduate Operations Committee serves as a forum for the Associate Deans in each College to discuss issues/concerns of an operational nature, and to recommend procedures, which are as uniform as possible across Colleges, to resolve these issues/concerns.  The Graduate Operations Committee works very closely with the Graduate Council to coordinate all curriculum and policy issues.  It also works closely with the Academic Operations Committee to consider recommendations concerning operations and procedures.  Each academic College is represented on the Graduate Operations Committee by the Associate Dean (or other named individual) responsible for graduate studies in that college. 

Graduate Operations Committee Members

(September 2015 - August 2016)

Gerianne Alexander
Larry Bellinger
Marisa Biondi, GPSC President
Leonard A. Bright
Robert Burghardt
Prasad Enjeti
George B. Cunningham
Leslie H. Feigenbaum
Mansoor Kahn
Debra Matthews
Weston W. Porter
Antonietta Quigg
Dave W. Reed
Thomas McDonald
Eric Riggs
Bala Shetty
Emily Wilson
Van Wilson
Mark Zoran

College Committees on Graduate Instruction

Responsible for making recommendations concerning graduate course offerings, general policies on graduate instruction and for other matters pertaining to graduate studies in each college.

Committees on Graduate Instruction

Agriculture and Life Sciences

David W. Reed, Chair
David Leatham
Tim Murphy
David Forrest
Mary Bryk
Sandun Fernando
Tom Boutton
Pete Teel
Pat Klein
Stephen Talcott
Heather Wilkinson
Luc Berghman
Jim Petrick
C. Wayne Smith
Del Gatllin 
Vickie Salin
Spencer Behmer
Michel Slotman
Dorothy Shippen
Dirk Hays


Leslie H. Feigenbaum, Chair
Richard R. Davison
Shelley Holliday
Nancy Klein
Ming-Han Li
Sarel Lavy
Frederic Parke
George O. Rogers
David Wentling

Bush School of Government

Leonard A. Bright, Chair
Gregory Gause
Deborah L. Kerr
Ren Mu
Jeryl Mumpower

Mays Business School


Duane Ireland – Chair
Laszlo, Tihanyi
Sorescu, Alina
Oliva. Rogelio
Kinney, Michael
Johnson, Shane                                                          
Shaub, Michael

MBA, Executive MBA and Professional MBA

Bala Shetty - Chair
Mahajan, Arvind
Rees, Lynn
Kumar, Subodha
Ramanathan, Suresh
Devers, Cynthia


Bala Shetty – Chair
Martindale, Lanny
McDaniel, Stephen
McGowan, Annie
Becker, Aaron


Larry L. Bellinger, Chair
Diane Flint
Gerald Glickman
Dan Jones
Carolyn Kerins
David Kerns
Harvey Kessler
William Nagy
Likith Reddy
Kathy Svoboda
Larry Tadlock
Amirali Zandinejad

Education and Human Development

George B. Cunningham, Chair
Jim Fluckey
Lynn M. Burlbaw
Beverly J. Irby
Joyce M. Nelson
Charles Ridley

College of Engineering

Prasad Enjeti, Chair
I. Yucel Akkutlu
Yu Ding
Sandun D. Fernando
Arul Jayaraman
Vikram Kinra
Jorge Leon
Daniel McAdams
Michael McShane
Miladin Radovic
Kristi Shryock
Jose Silva-Martinez
Victor Ugaz
Pavel Tsvetkov
Duncan M. “Hank” Walker
Yunlong Zhang


Eric A. Riggs, Chair
Mark E. Everett
Ronald A. Kaiser
Steven Quiring
Istvan Szunyogh
Shari Yvon-Lewis

Liberal Arts

Gerianne M. Alexander, Chair
Filipe Castro
Kristan A. Poirot
Dennis W. Jansen
Stephen J. Miller
Wendy Leo Moore
Matthew Fuhrmann
Kristin W. Pullen
Sally A. Robinson
Charles D. Samuelson
Adam R. Seipp
Kristi Sweet
Leroy G. Dorsey

College of Medicine

Van Wilson, Chair
Kayla Bayless
Regina Bentley
Sarah Bondos
Jeffrey Cirillo
Sharon DeMorrow
Carl Gregory
Julian Leibowitz
Alistair McGregor
Cynthia Meininger
Margie Moczygemba
Shelby Steinmeyer
Sara Talmage
Gregg Wells
Courtney A. West
Ursula Winzer-Serhan
Warren Zimmer

School of Public Health

Ranjana Mehta, Chair
Daikwon Han, Vice Chair
Brian Colwell
Jeff Hatala
Szu-hsuan (Sherry) Lin


Mark J. Zoran, Chair
Peter B. Howard
Jianhua Huang
Arne Lekven
Simon W. North
Joseph H. Ross

Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

C. Jane Welsh, Chair
Noah D. Cohen
Michael F. Criscitiello
Christine L. Heaps
Patricia J. Holman
Charles R. Long
William B. Saunders
Loren C. Skow
Jörg M. Steiner
Ashlee Watts

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Antonietta Quigg, Chair
Anna Armitage
Timothy Dellapenna
JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz
Wesley Highfield
Joan Mileski
Jay Rooker
John Sweetman
Tammy Holliday
Holly Richards