DATE:  April 2, 2004
CONTACT: Jorge Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Communications, (361) 825-2427; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336  

Furgason to Step Down as President of A&M-Corpus Christi
Will Head Harte Research Institute When Successor Named

Dr. Robert R. Furgason, president of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, announced today that he is relinquishing the presidency of the University. He will assume the responsibilities of director of the University’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies upon a successor being appointed.

Furgason was named President in December 1990. During his tenure the University has experienced phenomenal growth in enrollment, programs and facilities and has received numerous awards for its academic programs. Most recently, the University received Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approval to create acollege of Nursing and Health Sciences and a School of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Harte Research Institute will bring world-renown scientists to the campus to further strengthen A&M-Corpus Christi’s research on environmental issues facing theGulf of Mexico. The Institute is the result of a $46 million gift to the University by Ed Harte in 2000.

Dr. Furgason expressed in his remarks the hope that a successor would be named by fall of this year.