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TAMUCC formally welcomes new president, Dr. Kelly Quintanilla

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Texas A&M University Corpus Christi had reason to celebrate on Friday as the school officially welcomed its new president.

Dr. Kelly Quintanilla was appointed president of TAMUCC back in 2017 but the school's formal celebration in her honor wasn't held until now. Delayed celebration or not, Quintanilla has already made a big mark on the island university.

Key in focus for Quintanilla, the school's future as a potential emerging research university.

"We also want to become an emerging research university and we are working to expand our research capability always focused on tying those back to our community," Dr. Quintanilla explained.

As the school expands its research programs, Quintanilla notes that there will be some changes on campus, such as, "more inter-disciplinary cutting-edge programs as we grow," as the university develops "a closer tie to (its) community in terms of workforce development." She added that students will see more research opportunities.

Students already pursuing their futures with the island university are impressed with what Quintanilla has done so far.

"I know she loves retention and she's really working on keeping the students here, and being attracting (sic) the brightest and the best students," Erin Longoria, a current student, described.

Quintanilla said she'll also focus on the university's growth academically and physically. Upcoming changes in the works include new buildings, bigger parking lots and a focus on giving students a smaller, family-like feel for college life.

The first female to serve in the role of president since the school began as the University of Corpus Christi in 1947, Dr. Kelly Quintanilla is the eleventh president in the school's history.

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