The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System on Monday named Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla as the sole finalist to be President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Dr. Quintanilla has served as Interim President since January.
Chancellor John Sharp said he expects Dr. Quintanilla to oversee continued growth of enrollment and research at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, while also increasing academic offerings.
“I have always been impressed by Dr. Quintanilla’s intellect, work ethic and dedication to serving the University and the Coastal Bend,” Chancellor Sharp said. “I think we can expect Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to continue to make great strides under the leadership of Dr. Quintanilla.”
Dr. Quintanilla expressed gratitude and excitement about the Board’s decision.
“I have been privileged to spend the last 23 years working alongside faculty, staff, community and legislative partners to serve Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi,” Dr. Quintanilla said. “I am grateful to the search committee members, Chancellor Sharp, and the A&M System Board of Regents for selecting me to serve in this important leadership role.”
Dr. Quintanilla has filled several roles at the Island University since 1994. Dr. Quintanilla has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Additionally, she was Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Director of the School of Arts, Media & Communication. She also chaired the Department of Communication and Theatre, and she was a professor of communication for 16 years, teaching courses in Business & Professional Communication, Teamwork & Leadership, Organizational Communication, Public Relations and Public Speaking.
She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Pennsylvania State University.
Active in her local community, Dr. Quintanilla has served as a board member for the Art Museum of South Texas, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Harbor Playhouse. She is also the mother of a teenage daughter.