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Posted: 09/02/2010

Dr. González Named TAMIU
Professor Emeritus After 14 Years of Service

Dr. Humberto González, who retired in August as dean of Texas A&M International University’s College of Education after 14 years of dedicated service, has been named Professor Emeritus.

Dr. González’s title was approved at TheTexas A&M University System Board of Regents’ July meeting.

González said he is honored to receive his new title.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this recognition,” González said, “ I look forward to my continued service as Professor Emeritus and accomplishing what the University asks me to do in that position.”

TAMIU President Dr. Ray Keck said that the University’s College of Education experienced stability and growth during González’s deanship.

“We thank Dr. González for his years of tireless work and dedicated service to the University,” Dr. Keck said, “Under Dr. González’s deanship, the College of Education experienced tremendous growth. One of the most notable accomplishments of the College was the key role it played in the establishment of the Laredo Early College High School at TAMIU. Dr. González’s legacy will continue as hundreds of high school students take University courses on our campus as they get themselves prepared for college.”

González joined TAMIU in 1996.

He received his doctoral degree in education from Texas A&M University – College Station. His master’s degree in educational administration and master of music degree were received at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK). His bachelor’s degree in music was also received at TAMUK.

Prior to serving as dean of the College of Education, González served as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. He also served as chair of the Department of Educational Administration and professor of educational administration.

At TAMIU, González was instrumental in the development of the Laredo Early College High School at TAMIU as well as the Communication Disorders program, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic and the Health and Wellness Educational Research Center. During his tenure as dean, the College of Education experienced tremendous growth and over $13 million in grants were awarded to its various programs.

His public school service started 40 years ago when he was employed by Laredo Independent School District as a teacher. González’s last public school service was as principal of United High School at United Independent School District.

Active in the community, González serves as board chairman of the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (STCADA) and represents Jim Hogg County. He was also appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve on the Selective Service Regional Board in 2009. He also received an appointment by then-Gov. George Bush to serve as member of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, Dental Hygienists Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2006. He was board member and president of the Jim Hogg County Board of Trustees.

His honors and recognitions include being member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Border Educational Research and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Effective Schools – Tarleton State University. In 2001, he was recognized as “Scholar of the Year” for the TAMIU College of Education. He was also recognized as a Sid Richardson Fellow by The Texas A&M University System.

Professional appointments include being State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Superintendent Certification ExCET State Standard Setting Committee member and member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation teams. He was selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to serve on accreditation visiting teams through the Texas School Improvement Initiative program. He was also appointed by TEA to serve on a state panel to select exemplary schools for submission to the National School Recognition Program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. González and his wife, Cynthia, also a retired teacher of 30 years, live in Hebbronville and have two daughters, Alissa, a first year medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Melissa Salinas, wife of John Eric Salinas, principal of Cigarroa High School. They have two granddaughters, Madison August and Jenna Emily Salinas.

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