Maria Hernandez-Ferrier

Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier

Texas A& M President


A leader in education, Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier forged a 20-year career in education in local schools, served as a presidential appointee in various capacities in the Department of Education and returned home to San Antonio to become the first president of Texas A&M University. Since 2009, Dr. Ferrier oversees the University’s recent growth and development as a self-standing institution. Dr. Ferrier directs academic, administrative, and student services; vision and guidance in strategic planning, collaboration with external constituencies (including the local community, business, and state leaders); and compliance with organizational policies and procedures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and a Master’s of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University.  From 1982 to 2002, her passion for education prompted her to contribute to improving local schools. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Ferrier to her first federal job as Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition for Limited English Proficient Students in the United States Department of Education. She later she served as Deputy Undersecretary, and then as Assistant Deputy Secretary.  Other national presidential appointments include the Commission on National and Community Service by President George H. Bush and, in 1992, Secretary of Education, Lamar Alexander, appointed her to serve in the position of Director of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs. Upon her return from our Nation’s Capital, Dr. Ferrier served as Executive Director for External Funding of the Southwest Independent School District (SWISD) and the Executive Director for the SWISD Education Foundation.   From 1995 to 2002, she served as founding Executive Director of City Year, a national service organization that became the model for the now federally funded program known as AmeriCorps.  In 2008, she was appointed Executive Director of the then- Texas A&M University – Kingsville System Center at San Antonio and became president when the university received its stand-alone designation in May 2009.

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