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Angela Speaker

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Building Islander Pride

Alumnus Angela Speaker says her own past experiences as an undergraduate student is what makes her job that much more satisfying. Speaker, who is the current Senior Academic Advisor for the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, first stepped foot on campus in fall 2003, as a single teenage mother.

“I could have easily justified leaving behind my dream of graduating from college,” she said. “The support and encouragement that I received during my undergraduate years from faculty and staff on campus kept me pursuing this goal.”

Speaker went on to graduate from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2007 and a Master of Science in Counseling in 2012.

After working as a political science teaching assistant and as an event planning and educational programming intern for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Women’s Center for Education and Service, she discovered her love of working with college students. She took on her first professional position on campus in March 2008, as the Graduate Academic Advisor for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences before accepting her current position in April 2013.

“With these positions, my time on campus has come full circle,” she said. “There is no greater feeling than to see one of my students walk across the stage at graduation, knowing full well all the hard work that went into getting there. To be even a small part of that accomplishment is very rewarding.”

Aside from working for the Island University, Speaker was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is also a Co-Chair for the South Region of the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN). Her responsibilities will include recruitment of new TEXAAN members from within the South region and communication with the TEXAAN Board.

Speaker says her work for the Alumni Association is important because she believes the continued success of the University depends on the growth and development of its alumni.

“I am an Islander for life and have a strong sense of institutional pride,” she said. “I look forward to finding new and innovative opportunities to develop Islander pride in our students from the moment they receive their acceptance letter.”