COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System appointed Dr. Margaret Gray-Vickrey as Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for Texas A&M University-Central Texas during their regular board meeting on Friday, July 22, 2011. The appointment follows a competitive search process, the formal recommendation of a representative search committee, and the concurrence of the university President, Dr. Marc Nigliazzo.

Dr. Gray-Vickrey brings fifteen years of experience from a Ft. Meyers, Florida, institution with more than 12,000 students, but with origins and early development very similar to that of TAMU-CT. She has held the position of Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for the Office of Curriculum & Instruction, Academic Affairs, at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) since 2005. She has also served FGCU as Interim Provost and Vice President (2007-08), as well as Interim Director of the School of Nursing (2006-07) and Interim Dean of the School of Health Professions (2009-10). She was appointed Associate Professor, School of Nursing at FGCU in 1996, and Professor in 2001.

Dr. Gray-Vickrey began her academic career as an Instructor in the Department of Nursing at Lycoming College in 1986, and was appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor in 1993. Prior to accepting academic appointment at Lycoming, she spent a number of years in the field as a staff and charge nurse.  From 1983-89, she also served as a Captain in the Army Reserve Nurse Corps.

Dr. Gray-Vickrey holds a B.S.N. degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; an M.S. degree in Nursing Care of the Aged from Northern Illinois University, where she also became a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist; and a D.N.S., Doctor of Nursing Science, degree from the University of Buffalo. She has received many awards and recognitions in her career, and she has been credited with numerous publications and professional presentations, most notably in the area of Gerontology, with a focus on Alzheimer’s Disease. She has also served on the review boards of several publications, including Nursing magazine and the American Journal of Nursing, and she was Editor-in-Chief of Alzheimer’s Care Today from 2007-10.

Dr. Tracy Teaff, who has served as the university’s Interim Provost since 2009, will become the President’s Chief Liaison Officer. In this role, she will monitor ongoing operational functions and effectiveness, and will direct institutional initiatives, priorities, and special projects. Dr. Teaff will continue to develop and foster ongoing university relationships, both internally and with the Central Texas community at large.