Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, is expected to be named the President of Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

Alexander to be Named President at Texas A&M-Texarkana

Jun. 15, 2023

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Dr. Ross Alexander, the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama, is expected to be named President of Texas A&M University-Texarkana, a four-year public comprehensive university that is part of the Texas A&M University System. Alexander is set to begin his tenure at TAMUT in mid-July. 

Dr. Alexander is the exclusive finalist at this stage in the process after a comprehensive national search. Yesterday’s vote by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents paves the way for the finalization of his terms of employment at a subsequent meeting in July.   

“I am honored, privileged, and humbled to be chosen as the next President of Texas A&M University-Texarkana,” he said. “I am deeply grateful to Chancellor (John) Sharp for the faith he has placed in me to assume this exhilarating new role at an exceptional university in an extraordinary community. TAMUT is a relatively young university with tremendous potential. I am honored to lead it during this next exciting phase of growth, ascendency, and expansion.” 

Among his many accomplishments at UNA, Dr. Alexander helped oversee the development of the Smart Growth enrollment strategy which has led to record University enrollment; he led his team in developing industry partnerships with large employers, including the U.S. Federal Government through the Federal Academic Alliance, the State of Alabama, Huntsville Hospital, and others; he also worked with deans and other academic administrators to add UNA’s first four doctoral programs and the institution’s first three associate’s degree programs. 

“Provost Alexander has been an exceptional leader during his six years at UNA,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “His innovative and engaging approach to our academic programming has led to remarkable brand expansion throughout the state, region, the nation, and even the globe. Dena and I wish Ross, Lilia, and their children the very best as they embark on this new journey as the first family of Texas A&M University-Texarkana.”

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/