Executive Director, Center for Executive Development
Dr. Brandi Plunkett joined the Center for Executive Development (CED) at Texas A&M University in late 2014. In the role of Executive Director, she is responsible for the overall administration of the CED as well as the strategic and financial performance of the Global Programs within the center.
Throughout her 29-year career in the education and training field, Dr. Plunkett has developed or championed the expansion of programs across multiple areas. Her last 19 years working within the university system include graduate, administrative and leadership roles at the system and college level. As Program Director for one of the largest divisions in the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, an organization that trains more than 100,000 students annually worldwide, she created and led the enterprise-based Leadership Development Program and directed four additional programs as well. She was a public school teacher for 10 years, during which time she also trained teachers on the use of continuous improvement in the classroom in both Texas and the US. She returned to Texas A&M in 2000 earning a Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development in 2006.
Dr. Plunkett’s other professional activities have included lecturing in Mays Business School for the Department of Management, working with student groups, public speaking in her community and executive coaching. She served on the Board of Examiners for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2004 and became a member of Leadership Texas in 2008. She currently serves on the Council of Advisors for the Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan, Texas and the Advisory Board for the Gratitude Initiative.
A sixth-generation Texan, Dr. Plunkett grew up in the Texas Hill Country and calls San Antonio her hometown. She has a large extended family and two hopelessly spoiled dogs, an Aussie/border collie mix named Bella and a Boston terrier mix named Lilly.