CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A lively band played in the background as the Islander Alumni Association bid farewell to Dr. Flavius Killebrew, 10th President and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at a special retirement party held Nov. 7 at Brewster Street Ice House located in downtown Corpus Christi.
“I feel very blessed to have been able to be the president of this great university,” said Killebrew. “I have had the opportunity to shake the hands of many young people as they have crossed the stage, which has been the highlight of my career.”
The event was put together by members of the Islander Alumni Association as a way to show their support for the president they have come to know and respect over the past 11 years. The venue was decked out in traditional Islander colors of blue and green. Complimentary food and drinks were also provided. During the event, Killebrew was presented with a special commemorative plate.
“Today, we say thank you to Dr. Killebrew and Mrs. Killebrew for all they have done for the Islander Alumni Association, the University and the community,” said Ed Cantu, class of ’81 and President of the Islander Alumni Association. “Dr. Killebrew put in hours upon hours helping the Alumni Association so I hope he can take time to enjoy his retirement because he deserves it.”
Killebrew came to the Island University on Jan. 1, 2005. During his presidency, enrollment increased 36 percent to a record high of 12,203 students, research expenditures have doubled, and with the addition of the Momentum Campus, the University’s physical footprint increased. Killebrew was also instrumental in initiating 19 new academic programs, including six new doctoral programs. In addition, $62 million in donations for the Island University and directed capital expansion projects totaling more than $350 million were raised during his presidency.“Clearly we are going to miss him and his leadership and the way he inspired us all to dream bigger,” said Kendra Kinnison ’99 BBA and ’00 MBA Islander alumna. “But once an Islander, always an Islander. We still expect to see him at the ball games and helping out with the next big project at the University.”