BROWNSVILLE, RGV – Although the biggest MOU Mike Shannon entered into as interim president of Texas Southmost College was with the State of Tamaulipas, he also signed a couple with the City of Brownsville.

Shannon is stepping down now that Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, dean for the Business Center of Excellence with the Houston Community College System, has accepted the post of TSC president.

Shannon signed what is being viewed as an historic MOU with Dr. Héctor Escobar Salazar, Tamaulipas’ Secretary of Education on June 16. It was the first time the State of Tamaulipas had entered into such an agreement with a Texas educational institution.

The two MOUs Shannon signed with the City of Brownsville involve the city’s fire and police departments.

In recognition of Shannon’s leadership at TSC, the City of Brownsville passed a Resolution in his honor on Wednesday. Here is the Resolution:

WHEREAS, Mike Shannon was born in San Antonio, Texas to Phillip and Merry Ellen Shannon. In 984, Mike Shannon graduated from Texas A&M University in College Statin, Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree. In August 2011, Mike Shannon earned a Master of Education degree from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas;

WHEREAS, Texas Southmost College, located at 80 Fort Brown Street in Brownsville was first established in 1926 as the Junior College of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Today, Texas Southmost College is one of the premier educational institutions in south Texas offering over 50 Associate Degrees and certifications to prepare tomorrow’s workforce for a competitive economy and rewarding careers;

WHEREAS, Mike Shannon joined Texas Southmost College as the Associate Vice President of Students Services. In August 2016, Mike Shannon was named Interim President of Texas Southmost College;

WHEREAS, As Interim President, Mike Shannon has overseen the creation of the two significant Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) between Texas Southmost College and the City of Brownsville Fire and Police Departments. The first MOU signed December 13, 2016, allowed Texas Southmost College Services program at Texas Southmost College. On June 16, 2017 Mike Shannon signed a second MOU, which forged the partnership that would produce basic peace officer training to cadets in Texas Southmost College’s Criminal Justice Instititute (CJI) to promote the advancement of quality law enforcement education; and

WHEREAS, Education is a valuable asset to our community. Educational opportunities have the capacity to improve the quality of life of a community, promote economic prosperity and inspire individuals to realize their potential so that they may contribute their knowledge and talents for the betterment of all.

NOW, THEREFORE, WE THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COMMISSION of the City of Brownsville, Texas, by virtue of the authority vested by the Charter of said City, and on behalf of all our College and our community and further call upon the residents of Brownsville to celebrate our educational institutions and the opportunities that contribute to the advancement of our economy and quality of life.

DONE, on this, the 15th day of August, 2017.


Mayor Antonio Martinez
Commissioner César De León
Commissioner Ricardo Longoria, Jr.
Commissioner Rose M. Z. Gowen
Commissioner Jessica Tetreau-Kalifa
Commissioner Joel Munguia
Commissioner Ben Neece

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying this story shows Mike Shannon and his wife Sandra. To Shannon’s right are Texas Southmost College trustees Adela Garza and Ramon Champion Hinojosa. (Photo by Ron Whitlock of Ron Whitlock Reports).