Letter to the Campus Community
I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome that I have received during my transition to service as the Interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity at Texas A&M. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the members of the Aggie Community to help Texas A&M achieve its land grant mission to prepare all students to assume leadership roles and make meaningful contributions to society.
2020 was a year of stretching to meet the demands of unforeseen expectations. We began the new year with political unrest in our nation’s capitol—a striking reminder of the work that must be done to reconcile divisions. The work ahead will likely bring many challenges. I have served on the faculty of Mays Business School for over 25 years and have cause for optimism that together we will embrace opportunities to advance in the achievement of our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Each of us experienced our own unique journey to Texas A&M University. These experiences shape the way we react to issues and often limit our ability to see the perspective of others. Working together, we can learn to find value in competing perspectives and to leverage that value for the common good. I am hopeful that our Aggie community will rise above it all to truly operationalize our core values in a way that engenders a call to lead with an emphasis on building respect and a sense of belonging for all.
I know that you will join me in expressing gratitude to the strong leaders of the Office of Diversity who have left a solid foundation upon which to build. First, having had the opportunity to serve on the Diversity Operations Committee (DOC) for the past five years, I have great confidence in my colleagues that represent their units on the committee. DOC members are ready diversity champions that offer a point of contact for others as we strive for enhanced engagement from the broader community. We are also fortunate to have in place a strong system of accountability and an innovative model for advancing faculty diversity.
In addition to promoting the growth of existing initiatives, my leadership will focus on facilitating the growth of a culture of respect, belonging, and cultural competency through recruitment, education, and accountability. I look forward to helping Texas A&M University navigate and build a more diverse and inclusive community.
Dr. Annie McGowan
Crystal S. Carter