Tejano Heritage Awards go to Tallant, Villarreal

Javelina Student Engagement Center - 10/12/18 - 10/18/18

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

KINGSVILLE (October 12, 2018) — The Hispanic Heritage Committee at Texas A&M  University-Kingsville will sponsor the 12th Annual Tejano Heritage Awards at a banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Javelina Student Engagement Center, 1119 W. Santa Gertrudis St.


This year’s honorees include Dr. Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville who will be retiring at the end of the year; and Dr. Linda Pompa Villarreal, co-founder of Ed-Point LLC and former executive director of Educational Service Center Region 2.


For more information or to RSVP to the banquet, call 361-593-3401.


About Dr. Steven Tallant

Dr. Steven Tallant will end his 10-year stint in Javelina Nation when he retires at the end of the year. He oversaw enrollment growth as high as 58 percent during his tenure earning the designation of the Fastest-Growing Public Doctoral Institution in the United States from The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2015.


A&M-Kingsville became the 13th public university in Texas to reach more than $100 million in endowment funds, which will produce more than $4.5 million for the university to spend in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Campus construction projects under Tallant’s presidency totaled more than $200 million and included student housing, research centers, sporting and recreation facilities and the $60 million Music Education Complex, funded by Capital Construction Revenue Bonds from the state.


About Dr. Linda Pompa Villarreal

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Dr. Linda Pompa Villarreal is a co-founder of Ed-Point, LLC, a private educational consulting firm. Villarreal is a lifelong educator committed to public education in the state of Texas.


She works with educators at all levels in creating organizations focused on excellence and quality learning for all students. Her passion and energy inspires and motivates educators to remain committed to the purpose of public education… transforming the lives of children.


Her experiences include serving as the executive director at the Education Service Center, Region 2 in Corpus Christi. Prior to working at ESC 2, she served as a superintendent of schools, campus principal and a classroom teacher. She has trained educators across the state and across America, always encouraging them to be a champion for kids.  Along with being a teacher, her greatest joy is being a mom to Carlos and a grandmother to Benjamin.