COLLEGE STATION — Gary F. Sera was named director of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today by The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents during a telephonic meeting. He was selected as the sole finalist for the position at the December 2007 Board of Regents meeting.
Sera has served as interim director of TEEX since March 30, 2007, when the board named him to that position. He reports to Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor of engineering for the A&M System and dean of engineering at Texas A&M University.
“Gary Sera is a capable leader who has led the Texas Engineering Extension Service admirably since becoming its interim director last year,” said Bill Jones, chairman of the Board of Regents. “He has earned the full confidence of the board and will continue to pursue the kind of innovative training and technical assistance the 21st century economy needs.”
Sera was employed with TEEX from 1988-1990, when he joined the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and returned to TEEX in 1993. Before serving as interim director, Sera had most recently served TEEX as division director of the Technology and Economic Development Division (TED), which conducts a wide range of training and technical assistance programs for communities and companies in the areas of manufacturing, technology transfer and emergency response planning.
As TEEX director, Sera will serve as the agency’s chief executive officer, responsible for its operation, including the planning and development of all programs. His duties will be to administer the business and financial management of the agency, prepare annual budgets for activities and construction, and operate and allocate resources.
Sera will continue to work to advance the agency’s mission to develop a skilled and trained workforce that enhances public safety, security and economic growth of the state and the nation through training, technical assistance and emergency response. In fiscal year 2007, TEEX served more than 200,000 people from all 50 states and 53 countries through training and technical assistance. The agency has seven divisions and an annual budget of $79.3 million.
“Gary brings considerable experience to this important leadership position. He is an innovative problem-solver with a strong technical and management background,” said Dr. Bennett. “I am delighted the Texas Engineering Extension Service will continue to flourish under his leadership.”
Sera also will represent the agency to state and national organizations involved in vocational and technical training programs, and through interaction with other agencies, educational institutions, and public and private sector organizations.
Sera earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1974 from California State University and a master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1977 from the University of Arizona.
“I’m extremely honored to serve as director of TEEX and look forward to the future of this great agency,” said Sera.