A Conversation with Dr. Ray Green
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
Do you want to be known? Do you want people to see the true you? A&M-Commerce provides a place where there are the opportunities of an NCAA Division I school, but the size where you can still stand out.
What has been your favorite course to teach?
I genuinely enjoy any course I'm in at the moment. But I think the one I value the most is my Death and Dying course. Death is one of the few experiences we all share, yet social decorum leads us not to talk about it in polite company. Students come to this class with many questions leading to robust and important conversations.
What has been your most memorable moment helping an alum or donor?
I really have no idea; there are so many moments that matter. One example of knowing that we are doing the right thing is when one of our alumni, who had some tough moments as an undergraduate, called me the night he defended his dissertation to thank me for my support and belief in him.
How has your role changed since you began working at A&M-Commerce?
I arrived on campus as an assistant professor of psychology. I was then blessed with the chance to build and supervise the Honors College for many years. I played ‘all the roles' there—administrator, professor, amateur counselor, recruiter and intramural teammate! Recently, I became interim dean for the College of Education and Human Services, which provides me the opportunity to work closely with fantastic faculty and exciting programs.
What do you like most about your career?
Education is vital to transforming lives. I am happy that I have spent decades in different roles, helping to change people's lives.