Chancellor John Sharp today announced that Dr. James Hallmark has been named acting vice chancellor for academic affairs of The Texas A&M University System. Hallmark was recommended to the chancellor by a 10-member search committee comprised of faculty and administrators from throughout the A&M System to fill the vacant position.
“I am excited to have someone of Dr. Hallmark’s caliber join our executive team,” said Sharp. “Not only is he a skilled and experienced academician, his knowledge of the system and our member institutions will be of immediate benefit.”
As vice chancellor for academic affairs, Hallmark will work on behalf of the chancellor to provide leadership and direction in academic and student affairs. His duties include overseeing the academic program development process for A&M System members from inception to approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and working to develop quality measures for success; providing systemwide leadership on the development of comprehensive distance education initiatives to improve the efficiency of course development and delivery; and working with the lead institutions on strategic planning for the development and expansion of existing branch campuses and A&M System centers.
Hallmark currently serves as provost/vice president for academic affairs at West Texas A&M University, a position he has held since 2008. As provost/vice president, Hallmark is responsible for WTAMU’s academic programs as well as the Graduate School and Research, continuing education, Cornette Library and institutional planning and analysis.
Hallmark joined the WTAMU faculty in 1991, and served as dean of the university’s Graduate School and Research, and director of the Attebury Honors Program. He also held several leadership positions at the university including president of the Faculty Senate, special assistant to the provost, and a Fellow with the Center for Leadership in Higher Education. He served as chair of various university committees and is active with many community groups and organizations.
Hallmark received his bachelor’s degree in speech and American studies from Oklahoma Christian College and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma.
Hallmark will begin work March 1. The Board of Regents will take action on the appointment at their next meeting.
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 $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.