Office of the President
About the President
Dr. Steven H. Tallant became the 19th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in October 2008. He immediately focused on building a leadership team, increasing enrollment, enhancing university facilities and increasing the visibility of the campus through a wider marketing initiative.
Under his leadership, the campus experienced a 54 percent increase in enrollment over a six-year period and a 44 percent increase in research expenditures. Approximately $100 million has been invested in new construction and renovations , including two new residence halls, a new recreation center and a new dining facility. This expansion was accompanied by development of a campus master plan to guide growth and construction over the next 50 years.
He has been recognized for his commitment to higher education and the community many times throughout his career; most recently; he received the 2013 “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Kingsville Noon Rotary Club and the 2013 “Community Leader Award” from LULAC Council 1. He also is a recipient of the President’s Award from the Corpus Christi chapter of the NAACP and the “Humanitarian of the Year” from LULAC Council #1. In 2011, he was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 he was named “Newsmaker of the Year” by the Kingsville Record. The Kleberg Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored him with is “Special Leadership Award” in 2011.
In 2012, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp appointed him to the Texas A&M System Office of Sponsored Research Services Advisory Board. The same year, State Representative Todd Hunter appointed him to the Education Workforce Task Force in Corpus Christi.
He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Texas Council of Public Universities Presidents and Chancellors and a past chair of the Lone Star Council of Presidents. Tallant also is a member of the Off-site Review Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College, Cluster 10. In addition, he is a board member for the Board of Directors for KEDT/South Texas Public Broadcasting System, Inc.
Prior to joining the university, Tallant served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he was responsible for all undergraduate and graduate academic programs. He also provided leadership in several restructuring initiatives, including the creation of the College of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Services.
He also has 20 years of military service and served as chief of Air Force Family Research at the Pentagon from 1991-1994.
President Tallant earned his B.A. (Sociology) from the University of Florida, his M.S.W. (Social Work) from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. (Social Welfare) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program through the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas.