COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents have selected Dr. Carlisle Baxter Rathburn III, currently president of Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Ga., as the sole finalist to become the third president of Texas A&M University-Texarkana. The announcement was made today by Bill Jones, chairman of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents.
“It is truly rare to find a college administrator with Dr. Rathburn’s wide range of knowledge, energy and experience, and we are very fortunate to have him as a finalist,” Jones said. “He has a strong track record of fiscal, strategic and academic leadership roles that will serve us well.”
President Stephen Hensley announced his retirement plans last summer, after serving as the university president since 1994. His last day is August 31, which will end a career in education that spans over 40 years. As president, Dr. Hensley oversaw many positive changes at the university, and in 1996, guided the university through a transitional period from the East Texas State University System to The Texas A&M University System.
During Dr. Rathburn’s seven years as president, Savannah Technical College experienced the largest percentage growth in enrollment of any two-year college in Georgia and was the third-fastest growing two-year college in its size range in the nation in 2003. Dr. Rathburn also was responsible for the redevelopment of Savannah Technical College’s main campus with the addition of three new facilities, the development and opening of three new campuses representing the acquisition of more than 100 acres of land and a total capital investment exceeding $15 million.
Dr. Rathburn previously was president and CEO of Galveston College in Galveston, Texas, where he collaborated with the Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors to create the Universal Access Program guaranteeing scholarships for Galveston high school graduates. In addition, he previously served as vice president for administrative services, acting vice president and dean of instruction, vice president for planning and development, and director of institutional advancement at Galveston College.
As Texas A&M –Texarkana’s chief executive officer, Dr. Rathburn will supervise more than 220 employees, manage a $16.4-million annual budget and provide vision for a comprehensive curriculum for 1,605 students.
Dr. Rathburn is married to Adrianne and has five children: Beth, Wesley, Carl, Mary and Kate.
The Board of Regents may consider the appointment of Dr. Rathburn to the position of president after the 21 days required by state law for public notice of the appointment with the Texas Secretary of State.
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 $2.9 billion. Through a statewide network of nine universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 106,000 students and makes more than 15 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research brings in almost $627 million every year and helps drive the state’s economy.