A&M-Central Texas to Inaugurate Dr. Marc Nigliazzo on January 19th

Killeen, TEXAS—Ignite the passion and celebrate the power of the dream. On Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 10:00am, Texas A&M University-Central Texas will inaugurate Dr. Marc A. Nigliazzo in a ceremony at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center (3601 South W.S. Young Dr., Killeen, Texas 76542). Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to share in the excitement as the university honors their first president.




Presiding Officer & Emcee

Dr. Margaret Gray-Vickrey

A&M-Central Texas Provost & Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs


Prelude, Processional, & Recessional

Performed by the 1st Cavalry Division Band

Composed by Mr. Ken C. Wood


Presentation of Colors

A&M-Central Texas ROTC Cadets


National Anthem & Musical Presentation Piece

Ms. Tonya Miller

A&M-Central Texas Student


Greetings to the President


From The Texas A&M University System

Dr. Richard A. Box

Chairman, Board of Regents, The Texas A&M University System


From Tarleton State University

Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio

President, Tarleton State University


From Central Texas College

Dr. James R. Anderson

Chancellor, Central Texas College


From Fort Hood

LTG Donald M. Campbell, Jr.

Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood


From the Foundation

LTG (Ret) Pete Taylor

Chairman, Texas A&M University-Central Texas Foundation


From the A&M-Central Texas Faculty

Dr. Stephen McNett

Faculty Senate President


From the A&M-Central Texas Staff

Ms. Sue Lovelace

Staff Council President


From the A&M-Central Texas Student Body

Mr. Clarence Enochs

Student Body President


From the A&M-Central Texas Alumni

Ms. Jennifer Hetzel

Class of 2010



The Honorable Timothy L. Hancock

Mayor, City of Killeen


Presentation of the President

Dr. Tracy Teaff

Chief Liaison Officer


Investiture & Presentation of the Presidential Medallion

Mr. John Sharp

Chancellor, The Texas A&M University System


Presentation of the Presidential Ring

Mr. Brandon Griggs

Director of Student Affairs, A&M-Central Texas


Inaugural Address

Dr. Marc A. Nigliazzo

President, A&M-Central Texas


The event will conclude with a community reception and celebration. Dress is business attire or academic regalia. If you have any additional questions and/or need further assistance, please contact Ms. Donna Dobson at (254) 519-5720 or visit http://www.TAMUCT.org/Inauguration.

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Dr. Marc A. Nigliazzo was appointed as the Inaugural President of Texas A&M University – Central Texas in April 2010, following a national search conducted by the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System. He began his appointment on July 1, 2010, bringing to the position a wide range of academic and administrative experience, as well as a Texas background.

Born in Dallas, he grew up in the Brazos Valley of Central Texas, graduating from Hearne High School in Hearne, Texas. He went on to receive a B.A. in English from the University of Texas in Austin, an M.A. in English from Texas A&M University in College Station, and a Ph.D. in Language & Literature from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

During his extensive teaching career, Dr. Nigliazzo held faculty appointments at both two and four-year institutions, including Adams State College of Colorado, Odessa College, Boise State University, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi State University (now, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi), and Galveston College. He chaired the Department of English & Philosophy at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, and he served as Vice President and Dean of Instruction at Galveston College. His first presidential appointment was at Galveston College, with subsequent appointments as President of Temple College in Temple, Texas, and Arizona Western College in Yuma. He also served as a senior vice president at the University of New Mexico, responsible for the university’s four branch campuses and for the start-up of UNM-West.

Dr. Nigliazzo has assumed many leadership roles within his profession, and is a Past-President of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the Texas Association of Community College Trustees and Administrators, and the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities. He has served on and chaired a number of higher education committees and task forces in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, and he currently serves on the General Academics Formula Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He has been a presenter at numerous professional conferences and meetings in almost forty years of service as an advocate for higher education.

Throughout his career, Dr. Nigliazzo has been committed to a high level of community service, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Board of Central Texas, as well as on the Community Advisory Board of the Extraco Bank in Harker Heights, Texas. He is a past Chairman of the Board of both the Galveston and Temple chambers of commerce and has served on community and educational boards in Austin, Galveston, Salado, Taylor, and Temple, Texas; Rio Rancho, New Mexico; and Yuma, Arizona.

Dr. Nigliazzo’s recognitions include being named as one of the nation’s outstanding community college presidents in 2002 when he received the Western Region Chief Executive Officer Award presented by the Association of Community College Trustees. In June 2008, the Marc A. Nigliazzo Administration Building was named in his honor by the Board of Trustees at Temple College, recognizing his thirteen years of exemplary service as President of the college.

Dr. Nigliazzo’s wife Lynn is the founder, artistic director, and principal costumer of Galveston Ballet, a youth ballet company that has performed on Galveston Island since 1986. His daughter Caryn Sargent received an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and an M.A. in Forensics Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and is a Psychological Diagnostician for the Juvenile Justice Services of the State of New Mexico. His son-in-law Jason Sargent is a decorated military veteran, having served as a Ranger in the United States Army.



Texas A&M University–Central Texas was born in the spirit of community cooperation on September 1, 1999 as Tarleton-Central Texas and became a stand-alone university on May 27, 2009 as a member of The Texas A&M University System. A&M-Central Texas is a military friendly, upper-level institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The student population at A&M-Central Texas is diverse and growing, currently serving over 2,500 students. Classes are offered at several convenient sites, including area community colleges and Fort Hood in order to accommodate both full-time and part-time students and to serve the entire Central Texas area. The university provides a wide range of flexible course schedules, including online, night, and weekend classes. For more information, visit http://www.ct.tamus.edu.


The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center.

A&M System members educate more than 120,000 students and reach another 22 million people through service each year. With more than 28,000 faculty and staff, the A&M System has a physical presence in 250 of the state’s 254 counties and a programmatic presence in every one. In 2010, externally funded research expenditures exceeded $772 million to help drive the state’s economy.

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