Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Ann DeGaish

An Outstanding Islander

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Islander Impression
When Ann DeGaish first stepped on to the Island University campus, the institution was in transition to become part of the Texas A&M System. DeGaish, who had arrived from Texas A&M University, noticed the potential to provide more opportunities to the students of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In her 20 years on campus, the associate vice president and dean of students has left an impression. For 12 years, she served as the first full time director of Recreational Sports and laid the foundation to develop and launch numerous Rec Sports programs. DeGaish created, organized and implemented several campus traditions including Islander Lights, Islander Tribute and the Division of Student Affairs Student Leadership and Service Awards. In addition, she formalized student Homecoming Week activities and has taught lecture and activity classes as an adjunct professor for the Department of Kinesiology. In her current position, her priorities are to ensure students, when faced with a problem, are presented with solutions to help them be successful, and to assess, improve and expand our student services. DeGaish has also served on multiple university committees, assisted in the development of the University's behavior intervention team (ICARE), is a volunteer for the Wishes and Dreams Toy Drive and served as liaison with Academic Affairs' First-Year Learning Communities Program. She feels fulfilled when she watches timid freshmen transform into campus leaders. DeGaish, who is a past recipient of the University's Employee Excellence Award, says she looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead and working to make the University an even better place.

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