By Mesquite Staff
President Maria Hernandez Ferrier was honored Tuesday by faculty and staff for five years of service to Texas A&M-San Antonio.
Ferrier was in the process of closing a monthly campus-wide communications meeting when Dorothy “Jan” Mundine, executive assistant to the president, asked her to be seated and surprised her with an honorary tribute as recognition of her leadership and dedication to the university.
The four minute video, shows a series of still portraits of Ferrier over the last five years taken by Brandon Oliver, multimedia and web coordinator, and Communications Specialist Jillian Reddish. The video shows both ordinary and groundbreaking moments during Ferrier’s career at A&M-San Antonio’s start-up university on the South Side of San Antonio.
Following the tribute, A&M-San Antonio employees rose in a standing ovation in celebration of the university’s inaugural president.
Ferrier said she was grateful for the tribute. Holding back tears, she addressed her faculty and staff by saying she was driven to keep up with the accomplishments of those around her.
In 2008, Ferrier was appointed executive director of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio. During the same year, the master plan for the future campus was approved by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents.
Ferrier was inaugurated president of A&M-San Antonio in September 2010.
For more information, read a chronological view of Texas A&M-San Antonio’s history and development.