For Immediate Release
March 26, 2010
Contact: Jason Cook or Rod Davis
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Marc A. Nigliazzo was named sole finalist for the position of president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas today in a vote by the nine-member Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Nigliazzo, currently president of Arizona Western College at Yuma, Ariz., will be eligible to become president after a state-mandated 21-day waiting period. He will begin meeting with various groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders to seek input and discuss his vision for the future of the Killeen campus.
Nigliazzo brings a wide range of administrative and academic experience to A&M-Central Texas, as well as a Texas background that began in his birthplace of Hearne. He has served as president of Temple College and Galveston College, and chair of the department of English at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, among other positions. He obtained his B.A. in English at the University of Texas, his M.A. in English at Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of New Mexico.
“The first president for this important new university in the A&M System will play an especially critical role, and we are pleased and enthusiastic to have selected Dr. Nigliazzo,” said Morris E. Foster, chairman of the Board of Regents. “Dr. Nigliazzo’s academic background and leadership abilities make him an ideal choice to lead A&M-Central Texas, which meets a critical need in this part of the state and presents many opportunities for engagement with Fort Hood.”
Nigliazzo, who has served as president of Arizona Western since 2009, was chosen following an extensive presidential search conducted by the A&M System and a committee composed of educators and stakeholders from the A&M-Central Texas campus.
“I have watched the Killeen campus evolve from a system center under the guidance of Tarleton State University, and I have taken a great interest in ensuring that we find the best leader possible to help continue its path as a leader in higher education in Central Texas,” said Michael D. McKinney, M.D., chancellor of the A&M System. “Marc Nigliazzo is that leader, and I am confident that A&M-Central Texas is in good hands.”
A&M-Central Texas became a stand-alone university in the A&M System on May 27, 2009. It was established in 1999 as Tarleton State University System Center-Central Texas, and rapidly grew in its mission to provide higher education opportunities to the rapidly expanding Central Texas region. Classes are offered at several sites, and a new campus will be located on 662 acres adjacent to Fort Hood that were transferred from the Department of the Army in 2009. Construction on the first building is scheduled to begin this fall.
The current enrollment of 2,553 students includes about 30 percent who are members of the military or spouses of active duty soldiers, primarily at Fort Hood. The upper-level institution offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has articulation agreements with Central Texas College, Temple College and other community colleges, enabling smooth transitions for transfer students. A&M-Central Texas also is a member of GoArmyEd, a virtual gateway for soldiers on active duty to request tuition assistance and education guidance online.
Nigliazzo’s academic interests have focused on learning and literacy, and his experience includes considerable professional service as well. He is a member of the Arizona Community College Council, the Arizona Productivity Improvement Initiative, and has served on the Advisory Committee on the Texas Success Initiative, the Tarleton State University Presidential Advisory Council, the Advisory Committee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the Associate of Arts in Teaching, and the Council on Women in Higher Education.
His community service includes membership in the Yuma County Workforce Investment Board and the Yuma Business and Education Coalition, and he has served on the Advisory Committee of the Texas Bioscience Institute, the Temple Education Foundation, the Salado Institute for the Humanities, and the Galveston Historical Foundation.
Nigliazzo was awarded the Leopard Pride Award for his work with the Temple College Athletic Program and was named Hispanic Educator Star Achiever for encouraging excellence and diversity in the classroom. Other awards include an Outstanding Service Award by the Central Texas Workforce Development Board and a Galveston County Literacy Council Award. The Temple College Board of Trustees named the Marc A. Nigliazzo Administration Building in his honor for his leadership.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates nearly 115,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $730 million and help drive the state’s economy.