COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has selected Dr. Steven H. Tallant as the sole finalist to become the 19th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Tallant currently is provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
“We need a leader who can take our plans for the Kingsville campus to newer and higher levels, including attracting more and better students and faculty, and improving academic facilities and campus life,” said Bill Jones, chairman of The Texas A&M System Board of Regents, referring to the university’s $27 million redevelopment plans, which include both short-term and long-term projects for the 83-year-old campus. “We have found that leader in Dr. Tallant.”
Texas A&M System Chancellor Michael D. McKinney, M.D., said that Tallant’s experience in higher education and the military is the perfect combination needed in the top leadership role on the Kingsville campus. “He knows how to work with faculty, staff, students and lawmakers, and has a reputation for putting the needs of others ahead of his own.”
As provost and vice chancellor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2007, Tallant was responsible for all undergraduate and graduate academic programs including the direct supervision of four academic deans and the dean of graduate studies. He also provided leadership in several restructuring initiatives, including the creation of the College of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Services. Tallant previously served in a variety of positions at the university, including associate vice chancellor and director of graduate programs, interim provost and vice chancellor, and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Before retiring after 20 years of active service with the military, Tallant was chief of Air Force Family Research at the Pentagon from 1991-1994. In that position, he routinely worked with congressional staffers and members of Congress in the development of budgetary issues relating to military families.
As Texas A&M –Kingsville’s chief executive officer, Tallant will supervise more than 450 employees, manage a $106.7-million annual budget and provide vision for a comprehensive curriculum for more than 6,500 students.
The Board of Regents may consider the appointment of Tallant 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.
Dr. Robert H. Strawser, a Texas A&M System Regents Professor at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, has been serving as interim president since July 1.
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 105,000 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.
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