Final candidates for TEEX Director to be presented to Board of Regents

4/28/2003 12:00 AM

Two finalists for the position of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Director have been selected. They are John W. “Bill” May Jr. and Robert L. “Lanny” Smith.

A seven-member search advisory committee comprised of Texas A&M University System representatives completed its evaluation of the semi-finalists for the position and submitted the names to Texas A&M University System Chancellor Howard Graves. After reviewing the selections, Graves decided to present two candidates to the Board of Regents. The regents will conduct personal interviews of these and possibly other candidates at the June 5 and 6 board meeting in College Station.

May is the director of the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, a component of TEEX. Retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army, May earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master's degree in nuclear physics from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and is licensed as a professional engineer.

Smith is a colonel in the U.S. Army and chief of staff/deputy commandant, U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point. He earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master's degree in European history from University of North Carolina, a master's degree in national security and strategy from the Naval War College and a master's degree in business management from Salve Regina University.

The new director will succeed Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, who was named to the position of vice chancellor for engineering, dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.

Dr. Charles Scifres of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station served as the chair of the search advisory committee. Other members were Jackie Gorman, Gary Sera and Sue Shahan of TEEX, along with Don Hoffman of Brenham, Dr. Dallas Little of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, and Dr. Lee Peddicord, associate vice chancellor for federal relations with The Texas A&M University System.

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