|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||April 2, 2004
||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
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.