Former CEHD Dean Named Interim Head of Galveston Campus


Written by: Ashley Green (cehdcomm@tamu.edu)
Post date: April 29, 2016

Douglas J. Palmer, formerly dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, has been named interim vice president of Texas A&M University and COO of Texas A&M University at Galveston, effective June 1.

Palmer, currently professor of educational psychology and educational administration and human resource development—higher education program, will serve in the interim capacity at the marine-oriented branch campus while a search is conducted for a permanent vice president and COO to succeed retiring Rear Admiral Robert Smith III (USN) Ret.

Smith announced his intention to not seek another term and to retire earlier this year. He was honored for his service at The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Wednesday with passage of a formal resolution next week.

Palmer’s appointment was announced by Provost and Executive Vice President Karan Watson, who stated: “I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Palmer’s ability to provide strategic leadership and oversee key processes for the Galveston campus while we conduct the search for a permanent vice president and COO.”

She said that Palmer, as interim vice president and COO at the Galveston campus, will be responsible for its administration and management of the academic, research and public service programs.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a talented group of faculty, students, staff and administrators at Texas A&M-Galveston,” Palmer said. “While the appointment is interim, in nature, I will actively work with the campus community to pursue opportunities and, if needed, to address challenges”

Read more about the appointment on Texas A&M Today.