Release Date: April 19, 2006
Chancellor to Speak at ASU Commencement
Charles Matthews, chancellor of the Texas State University System (TSUS) of which Angelo State University is a member, will deliver the commencement address during ASU's spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 13, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.
Matthews will address graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education during a 10 a.m. ceremony that Saturday. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences in a 2 p.m. ceremony. More than 500 students will receive diplomas during the two graduation exercises.
A native Texan, Matthews has distinguished himself in government, business and civic leadership. He became TSUS chancellor in early 2005 after a year-long, nationwide search by the TSUS Board of Regents. During his short time as chancellor, Matthews has become an outspoken voice for higher education at the Capitol, testifying before various legislative committees, and throughout the state, especially through his leadership in rebuilding the Lamar University components after Hurricane Rita.
Prior to his current position as chancellor, Matthews served as the 40 th Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas for 10 years. First elected in 1994, he won re-election in 2000 to a second term, receiving the highest number of votes ever cast for a railroad commissioner.
Early in his tenure at the commission, Matthews began efforts to modernize computer systems, updating both hardware and software with the support of his colleagues. He was recognized for his effort to digitize some of the 132 million historical documents on oil and gas wells in Texas. This effort, when completed, will significantly reduce the cost of locating and producing oil and gas wells in Texas.
Matthews received widespread recognition for other important initiatives at the commission, including enhancing school pipeline safety, resolving the burgeoning rail crisis in Texas, and spearheading severance tax relief. In addition, Matthews worked to provide bilingual propane safety information throughout Texas.
During the last seven years of his service at the commission, Matthews worked with the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico to establish a collaborative agreement that addresses ways to streamline the regulatory process on cross-border energy projects.
Last year, Matthews led a Texas energy delegation to the third annual Texas Energy Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico. Since being initiated by Matthews in 2002, these delegations have been the largest groups from Texas to attend trade missions to Mexico City in over 30 years.
Matthews has served on the Executive Education Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Dallas. On the national level, he served on the Gas Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and was appointed by Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta to serve on the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee.
Before taking office at the Railroad Commission in 1995, he served as the mayor of Garland, the ninth largest city in Texas. In addition, he served as President of the Texas Municipal Power Agency and was Gov. William P. Clements' appointee to the Texas Turnpike Authority.
Matthews earned his B.A. at the University of Texas at Dallas and his Master's in Public Administration from Texas State University. He is completing his doctorial studies in higher education administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
Matthews and his wife, Julia, have four grown children and five grandchildren. The Matthews reside in Austin.