JULY MODEL RAM: Gregory Rowe
May 07, 2019
Gregory J. Rowe
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.
- Born and spent most of life in San Angelo.
- Graduated from Lubbock Coronado High School in 1988.
- Undergraduate degree from Angelo State University 1994. Major in Psychology, minor in Art
- Married to Kelli (Landon) Rowe on January 1, 2011.
- Our blended family consists of three children, one a junior at West Texas A&M University and two juniors at Central High School.
- Hobbies include Tae Kwon-Do and most martial arts.
- Member of PaulAnn Baptist Church
What is your current occupation?
Executive Director, MHMR Services for the Concho Valley
I have been with MHMRCV for 23 years; the Executive Director since May 2014. I have worked in this field for 26 years.
- 2014-present, Executive Director of MHMR Services for the Concho Valley.
- 2000-2014 Director of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services for MHMR Services for the Concho Valley.
- 1996-2000 Home & Community-Based Services Program Manager for MHMR Services for the Concho Valley.
- 1993-1996, Home & Community-Based Services Supervisor, Mosaic of San Angelo.
While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?
Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Services, member
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?
ASU provided me with a great educational foundation. My major required a technical writing course that gave me the groundwork in research and writing that I use daily. Psychology was my major. My career has been dedicated to serving others with mental health or developmental disabilities. The ASU Psychology/Sociology Department, along with electives from the Education Department provided me with the knowledge necessary for working in this field.
What skills did you take away from ASU?
- Writing skills -Used daily when communicating with staff and community partners or State officials, reports and grant writing
- Project leadership - Initiating a project and seeing it through development to implementation
- Public speaking
- Building up leaders within an organization
- Critical thinking - As the Executive Director of a Community Mental Health and Intellectual & Developmental Disability Authority I must “think out of the box” to make the most of limited funded services and supports for people. Many courses through ASU train students in critical thinking. Art was my minor. This benefited me greatly. Also, having the opportunity for an education through art allowed me to be creative with programs and services for people who utilize MHMRCV.
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?
I learned the most from these three professors:
Dr. Sangeeta Singg, Psychology
Dr. Johnny Burkhalter, Psychology
Dr. Kenneth Stewart, Sociology
What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?
ASU has the most beautiful campus. In college I had a dog who loved to take walks. We use to walk all over the campus in the evenings visiting with people and enjoying the wonderfully landscaped campus.
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?
I have always loved ASU. Not only for the beauty of its campus, but for the beauty of the people associated with ASU; the instructors and staff.