The Board of Regents and Chancellor John Sharp of the Texas A&M University System are conducting a national search for the next President of Texas A&M University-Commerce (A&M-Commerce).


The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.


Since 1889 Texas A&M University-Commerce has educated the people of Texas and, ever increasingly, points beyond. A&M-Commerce is located in Commerce, Texas, with additional locations in downtown Dallas, Corsicana, Mesquite, McKinney, and Midlothian, as well as a strong online presence, providing students with numerous degree options. With over 12,000 students, A&M-Commerce is the third largest university in the prestigious Texas A&M University System.

A&M-Commerce provides a personal, accessible, and affordable educational experience for a diverse community of learners. We engage in creative discovery and dissemination of knowledge and ideas for service, leadership, and innovation in an interconnected and dynamic world.

The vibrant campus includes a state-of-the-art planetarium housed in the McFarland Science Building, the three-tier Morris Recreation Center, the newly expanded Rayburn Student Center, an alumni center and first-class music building. A&M-Commerce is also in the process of completing a premier $54 million Nursing and Health Sciences building, which is slated to open January 2019. On-campus housing options continue to expand with the construction of new residence halls and the university maintains a commitment to fostering a culture of living and learning opportunities on and beyond campus.

With 14 varsity sports competing in the NCAA Division II’s Lone Star Conference, Texas A&M University-Commerce has a rich tradition of success across its athletics program. Recent accomplishments include the A&M-Commerce Lions football team who won the 2017 Division II National Championship.


The President reports directly to the Texas A&M University System Chancellor and is responsible for implementing System policies and effectively managing the institution; sustaining and enhancing the institution’s mission and overall operations, while fostering and building upon the existing traditions, distinctiveness, and strengths of the University.


Successful candidates should have significant experience as a leader of a major complex organization, a distinguished record of leadership and intellectual achievement, excellence in fiscal responsibility, an earned doctorate or equivalent preferred, and commensurate experience that demonstrates the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni and other constituencies important to the University, region, state, nation, and world.

Desired qualifications and characteristics also include:

  • Exceptional communications skills and the ability to inspire and empower success
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning and the articulation of strategic objectives
  • Experience with budget management in a complex organization
  • Passion for educating students and serving a public mission of teaching, research, and service
  • Knowledge of key issues facing public universities in multi-campus systems, including legislative processes
  • Commitment to a diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration, promoting multiculturalism
  • Ability to strengthen identity and provide strong, strategic, visionary leadership in the fulfillment of the University’s mission and vision
  • Experience in dealing with both urban industrial and rural agricultural communities
  • Ability to recognize, develop, and retain talented faculty and staff
  • A keen interest in student success and engagement
  • Ability to maintain and strengthen community and alumni relations
  • Experience building an infrastructure conducive to collaborative research relationships
  • Knowledge of and understanding how to develop key relationships to garner necessary resources to move the University forward
  • Strong mentorship experience and proven ability to grow and develop others
  • Demonstrated understanding of the complexities of inter-collegiate athletics and its evolving dynamic within current University environments
  • Ability to maintain and strengthen relations with other members of the Texas A&M University System to include Regents, Chancellor and other Presidents
  • A global perspective on the essential nature of higher education coupled with a proactive approach to international outreach and partnerships
  • Commitment to establishing new and strengthening existing academic programs to meet the needs of a changing global and technological society
  • Unquestionable character and integrity


The Search Committee invites applications to be submitted to the search firm assisting Texas A&M University-Commerce. Completed applications should be received by June 1, 2018, for optimal consideration; review of completed applications will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should include, with their curriculum vitae, a letter of application describing their relevant experiences and interest in the position, together with the names, titles, and phone numbers of at least five references. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. Please submit all nominations, applications, and communications to the search firm assisting A&M-Commerce:

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-804-1996 ext. 102; 109; 111 ||

The system will provide equal opportunity for employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout the system.

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