As you may recall from the last issue, Dean Jerry Strawser has been asked to serve the university in the role of interim executive vice president and provost. This is a critical position, and the university is fortunate to have someone of Jerry’s caliber who is willing to step and perform this vital role on an interim basis while we continue our search for a new university president.

I have agreed, in turn, to serve as interim dean of Mays Business School. I joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1981 (there may even be a few of you who took one of my classes!). In more recent years I have served as director of the Center for Human Resource Management and as head of the Department of Management. For the past seven years I have served as executive associate dean of Mays Business School.

Jerry and I have worked closely over the past several years, and that has helped make this transition smooth and seamless. As we go forward, we will continue to follow the strategies and plans we have in place in our quest to become an acknowledged top 10 public business school. We cannot afford to stand still, nor is this a time for us to “wait and see what happens.”

These are exciting times for both Texas A&M University and for Mays Business School. We have strong academic programs that continue to grow in stature. We have a top-notch faculty that is recognized both nationally and internationally for its excellence. Our staff is second-to-none. And we have an amazing network of former students and friends who support in ways far too numerous to list here.

I truly look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

Ricky W. Griffin
Interim Dean