President Keck on campus

RAY M. KECK, III

President & CEO
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Education

  • Texas Military Institute, 1965

  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

    • Summer Program, 1966-1967
  • Bryn Mawr College in Madrid

    • Summer Program, 1968
  • Princeton University

    • A.B. in Romance Languages and Literatures, 1969
    • Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature, 1978
  • Harvard Divinity School

    • Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow, 1969-1970
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

    • The Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents Certificate, 2008

Organ Study

Mary Krimmel, Westminster Choir College, 1965-1978
Carl Weinrich, Princeton University, 1966-1969
John Ferris, Harvard University, 1969-1970

Academic and Administrative Appointments

Dr. Keck joined the faculty of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut in 1970. He taught as an Instructor of Spanish then chaired the Department of Modern Languages. In 1979, he joined the faculty of Laredo State University (now, Texas A&M International University). He served as Assistant Professor of Spanish and Assistant to the President during his tenure there. He then moved to Virginia and taught foreign language at three secondary schools in Virginia during 1983-1993: Episcopal High School, Potomac School, and St. Anne Belfield School.

In 1994, Dr. Keck joined the faculty at the newly named Texas A&M International University. He served as Professor of Spanish and chaired the Department of Language, Literature & Arts. In 1999, he assumed the role of Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and was named President in 2001.

Dr. Keck came to A&M-Commerce in June 2016 following the death of Dr. Jones. He was named permanent President by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on November 10, 2016.

Publications

Dr. Keck has published a variety of articles, essays, and a book and has made numerous presentations dealing with higher education and his academic disciplines.

Organizations

  • Advisory Council, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

  • Council of Chief Executive Officers, The Texas A&M University System

  • Council of School Executives for Regents’ Initiative for Excellence in Education

  • Committee for Field of Study, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

  • Committee for Transfer—College and Universities Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

  • Board of Directors, Texas Council for the Humanities

  • Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors

  • The Philosophical Society of Texas

  • Committee on Teacher Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities

Family

Dr. Keck married Patricia González Cigarroa in 1977. Ms. Keck received a B.A. from Rice University and an M.S.N. from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She retired as Director of Health Services at Laredo ISD in 2011.

Dr. and Ms. Keck had three daughters. Teresa Cigarroa Keck received a B.A. and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Joyce Cigarroa Keck received an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Baylor School of Medicine. She and her husband, Dr. Danny Rafati, are pediatricians practicing in Fort Worth. They are the parents of Adam and Laila. Lacey Cigarroa Keck (deceased) received a B.S. in Applied Learning & Development from the University of Texas at Austin.