A&M International's Giermanski Recipient of Regents Professors Award

Texas A&M International University professor of management Dr. Jim Giermanski has been named one of seven State-wide recipients of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents' 1997-1998 Regents Professor Service Awards.

Dr. Giermanski's Award was announced in ceremonies held at last week's Board of Regents meeting on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

The Regents Professor Service Award, one of the highest honors given by the A&M System Board of Regents, was first established in 1996. It is designed to honor professors and senior-level researchers and service delivery professionals who have provided exemplary service not only to their University or agency, but also to the community, the state, the nation and the world.

In making the announcement, Dr. Barry B. Thompson, chancellor of the A&M System, said the awards are indicative of the System's critical responsibility to the state of Texas.

"As a land-grant University system, we must stay true to our critical responsibility of reaching out to all Texans. Through their grasp of this mission, these individuals represent the dedication and commitment essential to making Texas a better place for everyone. I am proud of their achievements and proud that they represent the A&M System to so many people," Thompson explained.

A&M International president Charles Jennett concurred, noting Dr. Giermanski's contribution to research in international transportation and logistics issues.

"Dr. Giermanski's dedication to research has helped to make him one of the foremost authorities on the complexities of border transportation and logistics. He has testified before Congress, served on the national project team facilitating the implementation of the North American Trade Automation Prototype (NATAP), and has helped to establish important new dialogues on this critical issue to Laredo and Texas as a whole. We are proud of him and of his well-deserved selection for this prestigious award, " Dr. Jennett said.

Giermanski said the fact that the award comes from his colleagues makes it most treasured.

"An award generated through the recommendations of colleagues always is the most treasured. It is even more gratifying when their recognition is supported by the leadership of A&M International, the Chancellor and the Regents. All I can say is thanks!, " Giermanski said.

Giermanski is the first Texas A&M International University professor to receive the award.

Eligibility requires a minimum of five years' employment at an A&M System university, agency or Health Science Center; a distinguished record of public service, research, teaching and creative or scholarly activity; recognition within his or her field and a demonstrated commitment to his or her institution.

Recipients receive a $9,000 award paid over a three-year period, an A&M System medallion for academic regalia and a commemorative plaque and certificate.

Giermanski, a member of the University's College of Business Administration faculty since 1989, holds a Doctor of Arts from the University of Miami, Masters degrees from Florida International University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Bachelor of Arts from Belmont Abbey College. He has completed advanced studies at the Air War College and the Institute of World Affairs.

He is the author or co-author of five books/monographs, has authored over 45 articles for journals or professional publications and has been quoted by a variety of regional, national and international publications and news media. A popular presenter and conference featured speaker, he has traveled extensively.

He is the recipient of the United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Achievement Medal and Commendation Medal and has been featured in "Who's Who in the Southwest," "Who's Who in North Carolina" and "Outstanding Young Men of America."

He was the recipient of the National Health, Education and Welfare Fellowship for Doctoral Studies and the Julia Lightfoot Sellers Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching. The A&M International College of Business Administration named him its "Scholar of the Year" Award recipient in 1997-1998.

A member of the State of Texas Transborder Trucking Interagency Work Group for the Office of the Attorney General, he is also a member of the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, Southwest Federation of Administrative Disciplines, the Laredo Transportation Association, American Association of University Professors and chairman of the Scientific Committee of Revista FM&S, a technical publication devoted to selected business areas.

His current research areas of focus include the effect of transboundary movement of goods and people and the intelligent vehicle highway system.

For additional information on Dr. Giermanski's selection as a recipient of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regent's `1997-1998 Regents Professor Service Award, please contact the A&M International Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at 326.2180, email to pais@tamiu.edu or visit the University's home page at www:tamiu.edu.

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