With the retirement of South Texas College’s Founding President, Dr. Shirley A. Reed, we find ourselves at a very important moment for the future of our esteemed institution. 

Dr. Reed, who served as the College’s first president, was integral in leading us from our humble beginnings into the world-class institution of higher education and workforce training that we are today. During her tenure, Dr. Reed built a premier institution with exceptional faculty, administration, staff, and students, that will continue to serve its communities and set the standard for colleges nation-wide.

The Board of Trustees understands the importance of strong leadership within South Texas College and we are committed to our governance role as we embark on a national search for the College’s next president. You will learn more about this process in the near future and we look forward to hearing from you to ensure this selection process is transparent and successful.

Rose Benavidez

It is essential that the College continue its course with proactive administrative leadership as we head into the Spring 2021 semester. I am proud to share that as of Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the Board has formally appointed Dr. David Plummer to serve as Interim President, effective January 4, 2021 and until the next President of the College takes on these responsibilities.

Dr. Plummer earned his M.B.A. at the University of Texas Pan American, and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Dr. Plummer has extensive background in strategic planning, performance, and leadership, with over twenty years of higher education experience and over twenty years of service in the military. Dr. Plummer first joined South Texas College in 1995, and has served in various roles at South Texas College, including his current position as the Vice President for Information Services, Planning, Performance, and Strategic Initiatives, while concurrently serving as Interim Executive Vice President for Educational Programs and Student Achievement.

The Board of Trustees truly appreciates the opportunity to serve this fine institution and we look forward to working with Dr. Plummer as he carries forth the College’s important work in our beloved Rio Grande Valley during this important transition.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Rose Benavidez, chair of the board of trustees of South Texas College. It is based on a letter Benavidez sent to South Texas College students, faculty, staff, and community. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian with the permission of the author.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above guest column shows David C. Plummer, vice president for information services, planning, performance, and strategic initiatives at South Texas College.

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