DATE:  February 24, 2006       
CONTACT: Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications, (361) 825-2427

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew Announces Change in Athletic Program Leadership

University President Flavius C. Killebrew announced today the resignation of Dan Viola as Athletic Director at the University. Associate Athletic Director Brian DeAngelis has been named interim Athletic Director effective immediately.

“Dan joined the University to bring intercollegiate athletics back to the Island University,” said Dr. Killebrew. ”When he arrived in May 1997, he worked off a borrowed computer and fax machine and began building what we know today as the Islanders. He revived an athletic tradition that had been dormant for 23 years. His first order of business was to attain NCAA Division 1 status for the University. Since then, the Athletics Department has expanded beyond anyone’s expectations, thanks to our great staff and talented athletic scholars. Today, with our new membership in the Southland Conference, we are ready to embark on an exciting new adventure in our University’s athletic history.  The University is grateful for Dan’s many years of service, and we wish him the very best.”