DATE:  April 25, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, (361) 825-2621; Dr. Sandra Harper, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, (361) 825-2722; or Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Communications, (361) 825-2427

Robert L. Lovitt Named Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Robert L. Lovitt has been selected as the new Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He will join the University June 1. 

Lovitt will be responsible for the financial affairs and administrative operations of the University, overseeing the University’s comptroller and accounting functions, as well as human resources, the physical plant and the campus police department, among other areas. The position oversees large-scale construction projects on campus and represents Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on relevant issues with the State of Texas and other entities. 

Lovitt, currently senior vice president for business affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas, was selected from a field of over eighty applicants for the position vacated by Ray Hayes in March 2004. A search group composed of faculty, staff, and students submitted four candidates for consideration.  

“We had a challenging decision to make in selecting our vice-president, with four excellent finalists competing,” said University President Dr. Flavius C. Killebrew.

 “Bob Lovitt’s many years of experience made him a very strong candidate. As we look into the future and develop Momentum 2015, our strategic planning process, it is clear that some of our larger challenges lie in meeting our financial and operational goals.  His vast experience weighed heavily in our decision.”

“I’m very excited to be a part of Dr. Killebrew’s team and look forward to helping him develop and carry out his plan to make A&M-Corpus Christi into a research

intensive institution,” said Lovitt.  “I see a lot of potential and support from the community to develop programs.”

“Robert Lovitt is the consummate professional,” said Provost Sandra Harper, who chaired the executive vice president search committee. “His experience at the University of Texas at Dallas, a larger, more complex institution with a significant research focus, will serve us well as our university continues to increase its student population, academic programming, and research agenda.” 

Killebrew added that Katherine Funk-Baxter, associate vice president for finance, and Dr. Paul Orser, associate vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness, were outstanding in combining to fill the executive vice president role on an interim basis.  “We want to thank Kathy and Paul for their yeoman service during the past year,” he said. “They kept this institution functioning effectively by supervising building projects and providing financial analysis of our budget.” 

Lovitt has been with the University of Texas at Dallas since 1985 and is the incoming president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers. He received his BA degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his MBA  from the University of Nebraska.  

He previously served as Vice Chancellor of Planning and Budgeting at University of Houston-University Park; Senior Vice President, Texas Commerce Bank-Reagan; and Assistant Vice-President, Business and Finance, University of Nebraska.