About Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (“TAMUK”) grew out of the teacher college or "normal school" movement that swept Texas and the nation in the early 1900s. Chartered in 1917 but not opened until 1925 because of America's entry into World War I, the University is the oldest continuously operating public institution of higher learning in South Texas. The University became a member of the Texas A&M University System in 1989 and in 1993 changed its name to Texas A&M University-Kingsville to reflect that membership.

Texas A&M-Kingsville is South Texas' greatest university, offering more academic programs and degrees, providing better learning and living facilities, doing more research, awarding more scholarships and producing more successful graduates than any other college or university in the region.

Texas A&M-Kingsville seeks to provide quality undergraduate and graduate programs for students of all ages through a judicious blend of liberal and career education programs. The emphasis is on providing an intellectually challenging education reflecting high standards of academic performance. Texas A&M-Kingsville is dedicated to serving an ethnically and culturally diverse population. The University is committed to its mission of teaching, research, and service in South Texas for the advancement of knowledge and of regional development.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the President of the University and serving as a member of the President’s Council, the Executive Director of Athletics & Campus Recreation is responsible for providing leadership in the areas of intercollegiate athletics, campus fitness, and campus recreation in a way that promotes the University’s vision and mission.

The Executive Director of Athletics & Campus Recreation is responsible for the visionary leadership, planning, organization, promotion, marketing, community relations, media relations, personnel management, compliance, resource cultivation and administration of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s NCAA DII intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation, and campus fitness programs. The Executive Director is responsible for promoting financial stability, gender equity, championship success, integrity, excellent community engagement, customer service, and contributions to the University’s overall strategic goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Department Leadership: Strategically plan and provide administrative oversight for all intercollegiate athletic programs, facilities, and department initiatives; represent the department and University at Lone Star Conference and NCAA II meetings, campus and community committees and boards, ex-officio member of Javelina Club Board of Directors and Intercollegiate Athletic Committee.  
  • Executive Leadership: Contribute to University-wide planning, budgeting, policy development and issue resolutions as a member of the Executive Leadership team. Represent the President and the University to local, regional, and national groups as appropriate. Actively participate in University and community events and initiatives to promote a positive image of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
  • Personnel Management: Interview, hire, select, mentor and evaluate the director of campus recreation and fitness, all assistant and associate athletics directors, head coaches, athletics business manager, and the executive assistant. Approve hiring and evaluations of all employees in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation.
  • Compliance: Ensure all intercollegiate athletic programs comply with NCAA, Lone Star Conference rules and regulations; ensure all division programs comply with Texas A&M University System and TAMUK rules and regulations.
  • Programmatic Performance: Enhance the University’s commitments to: intercollegiate athletic excellence, first-rate recreational opportunities for the entire campus community, and student-athlete’s personal development, high academic achievement, and full participation in all aspects of campus life.
  • External Relations: Lead efforts for the department in fundraising, marketing, community engagement and promoting the positive image of the University and its intercollegiate athletic and campus recreation programs to internal and external audiences; ensure the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation is responsive, accessible, and inviting to students, alumni, the University and local communities by promoting a wide range of programs, partnerships and special events; provide administrative leadership for the athletics department’s annual giving, ticketing, and corporate sponsorship programs.
  • Fiscal Management: Oversee the athletics and campus recreation departments’ annual budget and budgetary forecast in a manner that meets measureable goals for program growth, expansion and success.
  • Division Leadership: Provide administrative leadership in the areas of intramural, recreational, and fitness activities for the entire campus community.


  • Proven successful track record of fund raising, creation of external partnerships, fiscal management, and sport supervision
  • Experience in facility master planning, as well as facility enhancement
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Minimum of 8 years of senior level managerial experience in higher education athletics
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of NCAA rules and operations
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of individuals including Texas A&M University-Kingsville athletic colleagues, campus staff and faculty, and alumni and business/community leaders
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

Application Process

Texas A&M University-Kingsville invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by July 26th, 2018. For additional information please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Associate

Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 118

The Texas A&M University System is dedicated to the provision of discrimination-free workplaces and learning environments within its components. It has adopted a proactive approach to prevent discrimination and sexual harassment through training and other programs. It is also committed to make its workplaces, campuses, and services accessible to all, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

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