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Dec. 6, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

O’Brien to Speak at WTAMU Winter Commencement

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University President J. Patrick O’Brien will serve as the keynote speaker when the University conducts its winter commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 13 at the First United Bank Center on campus.

O’Brien will speak at both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. commencements. The 3 p.m. commencement is for students in the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering, the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The 7 p.m. commencement is for students in the College of Business and the College of Education and Social Sciences. Graduation Information for Students

O’Brien serves as the University’s 10th president. He came to WTAMU in 2006 from Loyola University in New Orleans, where he served as dean of the College of Business Administration and professor of economics. He has held faculty positions at Oklahoma State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Jacksonville State University.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (1967) and a master’s degree in agricultural economics (1969) from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in economics with specialization in monetary economics, public finance and regional economics (1977) from Oklahoma State University.

O’Brien serves as chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, is a member of the NCAA Association’s Executive Committee and the NCAA DII Administrative Committee.  He also serves as chair of the Executive Committee of the Texas International Education Consortium.

Locally, O'Brien serves as president of the Texas Panhandle P-16 Council and on the boards of the Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Harrington Regional Medical Center and the TEXAS Panhandle Heritage Foundation.

West Texas A&M University conducts three commencement ceremonies each year in December, May and August.


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