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August 2005

Release date: August 29, 2005

ASU President Hindman to Return to Teaching in 2007

Angelo State University President James Hindman announced Friday at the university's fall Faculty/Staff Convocation that he is stepping down from his position, effective Aug. 31, 2007, to begin teaching full-time in the university's History Department.

Dr. Hindman, who became ASU's president in January of 1995, said he was making the announcement this far in advance to allow adequate time for an orderly administrative transition. He said the advance notice will provide Chancellor Charles Matthews and the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System (TSUS) with ample time to conduct a thorough search for his successor.

Further, Hindman, who has taught a freshman American history course each fall during his presidency, said the notice would also allow the History Department to take into consideration his full-time teaching status in its budgetary planning and course assignments.

An additional factor in the timeline is Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that one of his goals for the next regular session of the Texas Legislature, beginning in January of 2007, is to focus on higher education. Hindman said he felt an obligation to the university and believed that his knowledge of Angelo State as well as his experience in working with the legislative process would benefit ASU during a session that will be critical to the future of higher education in Texas.

Hindman said he decided to announce his decision during the fall Faculty/Staff Convocation because he felt an obligation that university employees should hear the decision directly from him.

"I was honored to be selected Angelo State's president by the regents of the Texas State University System," Hindman said, "but even more honored to work with such fine faculty and staff as we have on campus. Together I think we have built upon a strong foundation and served well our students, our community and our future."

The search process for Hindman's successor will be determined and initiated by the TSUS chancellor and board of regents. Hindman said the effective date of his departure from the presidency may vary, depending upon the decisions of the chancellor and board, but will provide an appropriate target for the naming of a successor.

By the time his announcement takes effect, Hindman will have served 12 years and eight months in the position. The average tenure nationwide for a college president is four years. Hindman came to ASU as the eighth president in the institution's history and the third since it became a state institution in 1965.

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 and three granddaughters.