The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today appointed interim presidents to the two newest universities in the system. Garry Ross was named interim president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Maria Hernandez Ferrier, interim president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Both previously served as executive directors of their respective universities.
Search committees for new presidents will be created at both universities in the near future.
“Garry Ross and Maria Hernandez Ferrier have served the people of Killeen and San Antonio well and I know they will continue to do outstanding work as their universities make the transition to standalone campuses,” said Chancellor Michael D. McKinney. “They are dedicated to the growth and success of their universities and to expanding the educational opportunities to the people of Texas.”
Ross has served as executive director of Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen since January 21, 2008. Prior to his appointment, he served as deputy vice provost at the University of North Texas Dallas Campus, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the campus.
He has been involved in higher education as a teacher, scholar and administrator for nearly 20 years. He has served as a senior fellow of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, dean of University College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, faculty member and head of the Northwestern State University Department of Language and Communication, and associate professor and director of writing at Northwestern State.
Ross served as executive director and dean of academic and student affairs for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio and as a professor at Baylor University, Northwestern State and Henderson State University.
Ross earned two bachelor's degrees, in English and history, from Lamar University, a master's degree in history from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University.
Ferrier has served as executive director of Texas A&M University-San Antonio since April 2008. She previously served as executive director for external funding (grants) for the Southwest Independent School District and executive director of the Southwest ISD Education Foundation in San Antonio.
In 2002, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to direct the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students in the United States Department of Education.
She served as executive director of City Year San Antonio and was host of “City Spirit,” a weekly television program that featured the “Texas Pledge” and volunteer opportunities for people living in the San Antonio community. In 1999, she was appointed as Our Lady of the Lake University’s first distinguished visiting professor.
Ferrier earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University and an Ed.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M.