Dr. Mitchell Named Sole Finalist for TAMIU Dean

Dr. Mitchell Named  Sole
Finalist for TAMIU Dean

Dr. Tom MitchellA long-time Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) faculty member has been named the sole finalist to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

TAMIU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Pablo Arenaz said Dr. Tom Mitchell, who recently completed 10 years of TAMIU faculty service, was identified as a top contender for the dean’s position by the search committee chaired by Dr. Jeff Brown, dean of graduate studies and research.

"As sole finalist, he has emerged from an impressive national search of over 50 accomplished individuals and four semi-finalists to be the sole choice to lead the University’s largest College. He will serve as interim dean pending confirmation by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents at their January meeting," Dr. Arenaz said.

Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president, said Dr. Mitchell’s selection underscores the University’s commitment to assembling a leadership team that fuels its mission with diverse experience.

"Dr. Mitchell’s history here at the university is one of a masterful balance of leadership and scholarship. His classroom pedagogy is only matched by his leadership as a chair, department representative, parliamentarian and past president of our Faculty Senate.  I am absolutely confident that he will create a remarkable College legacy shared by our University community and our community at large," Dr. Keck said.

A nationally recognized scholar on 19th century American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University and his MA and BA in English from Northeast Louisiana University.

He has been a professor at TAMIU since 1998 and was named Scholar of the Year by the then-College of Arts and Humanities in 1999.  In 2008, he was the recipient of the Zaffirini Faculty Leadership and Scholarship Award.

His book on Hawthorne, "Hawthorne’s Fuller Mystery" (University of Massachusetts Pres) was nominated for the Modern Language Association’s First Book Award and for the American Studies Association’s Thomas Hope Franklin Award for Best Book in American Studies.  He was recently named President-Elect of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.

In addition to his service to the University, he has served the city and state as a member of the City's Charter Revision Committee and Humanities Texas as Chair of the Grants Committee.

He is married to Dr. Linda Maria Garcia Mitchell.  The couple has three children.

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