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May 2007

Release Date: May 1, 2007

Outgoing President Hindman to Deliver ASU Commencement Address

President James Hindman, who is stepping down from his post at Angelo State University to return to full-time teaching in the fall, will deliver the commencement address during ASU’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 12, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Hindman 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.

The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System named Hindman president in December of 1994. When he steps down at the end of this month, Hindman will have served in the position more than 12 years, compared to the four-year average nationwide for college presidents. Hindman came to ASU as the eighth president in the institution’s history and the third since it became a state institution in 1965.

Since his arrival at ASU in January 1995, he has overseen a major expansion of the campus with the addition of the Mathematics-Computer Science Building, Junell Center/Stephens Arena, Texan Hall, Science III and the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center. Major renovations and expansion projects have been completed for the Houston Harte University Center, Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, Center for Human Performance and Porter Henderson Library.

In addition to changing the face of the campus in the university’s largest building boom since the late 1960s and early 1970s, he has overseen the expansion of the university’s academic programs. Eleven new undergraduate degrees and 12 new graduate degrees were added during his tenure.

Under his leadership, the university adopted its first academic master plans as well as a facilities master plan and a marketing plan. In addition to administering an annual university budget exceeding $75 million, Dr. Hindman taught a freshman history course each fall semester during his presidency.

Also during his tenure, ASU expanded its athletic program, beginning soccer and later adding softball and baseball. In 2004 the Rambelle softball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship. The title was ASU’s first national NCAA team title and the institution’s third overall national championship.

Before coming to ASU, the Lubbock native served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Middle Tennessee State University. His previous experience included positions as associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at the University of Northern Colorado as well as faculty and administrative posts at Eastern New Mexico, Sul Ross State and Lamar universities.

Dr. Hindman earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Texas Tech University. He is a member of many national and state honor societies and fraternities and has published numerous scholarly articles.

Dr. Hindman and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, three granddaughters and a grandson.