It is with both excitement and sadness that I speak to you in this issue of “Deanspeak.” The excitement is that Texas A&M University Interim President Ed Davis has asked me to serve as interim executive vice president and provost. This position will provide me with a unique opportunity to work with an outstanding group of deans as we capitalize on the investments our university has made in faculty and facilities during the past five years. The sadness is that I will be leaving the best job I’ve ever held, the position of dean at Mays Business School, and the opportunity it has afforded me to work with a dedicated group of faculty, staff, students, and former students.

The good news is that our leadership team at Mays is deep and strong. Professor Ricky Griffin, executive associate dean, will assume the role of interim dean while I serve as interim provost. I have had a unique opportunity to observe, benefit, and learn from his leadership abilities and expertise during my tenure as dean. While he will formally assume his responsibilities on June 18, we will immediately begin our transition. Given our very close working relationship during the past six years, we will have a smooth and seamless transition that will allow our trajectory and progress to continue.

Ricky and I have agreed to serve in our interim positions while the search for Texas A&M University’s next president continues.

Thank you for the kindness and support you give to Mays Business School. Our remarkable progress would not have been possible without your support.

Jerry R. Strawser ’83