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Philosophy of Education
President's Mission Statement
Ray Marvin Keck, III
Texas Military Institute
Princeton University, AB, magna cum laude,
Romance Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de
México, summer program
Bryn Mawr College in Madrid, summer program
Harvard Divinity School,
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow
Harvard Graduate School of Education,
The Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents Certificate
Mary Krimmel, Westminster Choir College
Carl Weinrich, Princeton University
John Ferris, Harvard University
The Hotchkiss School
Instructor in Spanish and Chair, Dept. Of Modern Languages
Union National Bank of Laredo
International Banking Officer
Laredo State University
Asst. Professor of Spanish; Asst. to the
Charged with organizing first program in development
Episcopal High School
Chair, Foreign Language Department; established summer
study abroad in Segovia, Spain.
Chair, Foreign Language Department, K-12; continued
program in Segovia
Headed foreign language curricula in grades K-8 and
established foreign language program in grades 9-12
St Anne's Belfield School
Director, Upper School
Charged with the recruitment, hiring, and evaluation of
a secondary school faculty of 50; responsible for all
aspects of preparatory academic program and
Texas A&M International University
Professor of Spanish; Chair, Dept. of Language,
Jan. 1994 -
Literature, and Arts
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sept. 2001 -
Love's Dialectic: Mimesis and Allegory in the Romances of Lope de Vega
Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi, 1999.
"Sweet Nails, Sweet Cross: Metonymy, not Metaphor"
Published 2005, Mise Publication.
"Changing the Blood: Language, Literature, and Teaching." Journal of Hispanic
HigherEducation, Vol I, No. 1, January 2002.
"Playing for Apollo: The Technical and Aesthetic Legacy of Carl Weinrich." The
Diapason, February, 2000.
"Cide Hamete, Melquíades, Alba Trueba: Marco narrativo y tema en Cervantes,
García Márquez y Allende." Crítica Hispánica, Vol XVIII, Otoño, 1996.
"Bach's Legacy: A Musical Offering." American Music Teacher,
Works in Progress
Biography of Lope deVega. (In English)
Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, Executive Committee of
the Council Category "A" Representative, October 2004 -
Council of Chief Executive Officers, The Texas A&M University System
Council of School Executives for Regents' Initiative for Excellence in Education
The Philosophical Society of Texas, Member 2004 -
Laredo 250th Celebration Committee, Chair 2004
Laredo Quality of Life Committee, Member 2004
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee for Field of Study
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee for Transfer--Colleges
Association of Texas Colleges and Universities
Term Expired: 2005
American Association of State Colleges & Universities Committee on
Teacher Education Member, 2004
Texas International Education Consortium Nominating Committee
Texas International Education Consortium Finance & Investment Committee
Texas International Education Consortium, Executive Committee Member
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Infrastructure Formula Study
Committee Member, 2004-2008
Advisory Council, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures,
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education Advisory Board, 2003
Laredo Educational System Coalition Committee, Member 2002-2007
Board of Directors, Texas Council for the Humanities
Named to Governor's Executive Development Program, fall 2000
Initiated and organized the university's first program in fine arts.
Guided the design and installation of a new 21-rank pipe organ in Laredo, and
played the dedication recital in September, 1996. This is the third
project completed to bring a new pipe organ to a parish in Laredo.
Elected commencement speaker, TAMIU, December, 1996
Revised Spanish curriculum for Texas A&M International University, including
Master's of Arts degree in Spanish. Proposal for joint doctorate in
Hispanic Studies in the A&M System is nearing completion.
Guided the preparation of proposals and presentation to the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board of eight new degrees for this university.
Received Toro Award for Distinguished Service, Cigarroa High School, May, 1997.
Instituted research track for faculty at a university where teaching has been the
faculty's dominant responsibility.
Instituted procedures to ensure proper communication and mentorship by chairs
of faculty on probationary status.
Instituted, together with the Office of Institutional Advancement, the university's
first honors program.
Initiated the University's first Office of Distance Learning.
Required all faculty to post online syllabi in each course by September, 2001.
First piloted myself, and then institutionalized a mentorship program for university
faculty to guide the development and delivery of Advanced
Placement curricula in Laredo schools. This program, the Faculty
Fellows, was accepted for participation in a GEAR-UP collaboration
involving Texas A&M University, Texas A&M International University,
and the Texas Education Agency.
Presented our Faculty Fellows program to both state and national meetings of
Initiated a task force now working to finalize a plan for dual language
curricula/biliteracy in all Laredo schools.
Addressed the State Teacher Forum: "Isaiah Berlin, Romanticism, and Teaching,"
February, 2000, Dallas, Texas.
Invited to address conference sponsored by AASCU, February, 2000, on
international education. Graduation speaker, spring commencement,
Cigarroa High School, May, 2000.
Keynote speaker, annual convention, Texas Foreign Language Association, March
Assisted in preparation of legislative package and institutional presentation for
and 77th legislature.
Master of ceremonies or speaker for professional organizations and clubs in
Laredo, several times each month. Addresses have included a wide variety
of topics in literature, education, and the fine arts.
Keynote Speaker: Río Bravo Association Conference . Texas A&M University - Kingsville
April 2, 2004. "Rankings and Ravings: Quality of Life"
Keynote Speaker: Teacher's Award Ceremony. "Caring for Student Success
No Excuses, Just Results." Zapata I.S.D., May 14, 2004
Master of Ceremonies of Princess Pocahontas Pageant in Laredo, Texas
February 12, 2006
Master of Ceremonies of Tuesday Music & Literature Club in Laredo, Texas
February 14, 2006
Master of Ceremonies of Princess Pocahontas Pageant in Laredo, Texas
February 10, 2007
Master of Ceremonies, WBCA-IGNC Bridge Ceremony
February 17, 2007
Honorary Referee for Track and Field, Border Olympics
March 3, 2007
Keynote Speaker, Dedication of the Billy Hall Jr., County Building
August 20, 2007
Billy F. Cowart Award in Bilingual Education
April 25, 2009
Tzu Chi College of Technology, "Certificate of Appreciation" In Support of Sign Language
Opera Performance 'Love Transcends the Sky Line'
February 8, 2009
Laredo Community College , "In Recognition of Significant Contributions on Behalf of Higher
Education in Our Community" Presneted to Dr. Ray M. Keck, III, The Society of Martha
South Texas Council, Boy Scouts of America, "Laredo Distinguished Citizen Award"
United High School "Certificate of Appreciation" Award
Corazones de Tejas Hearts of Texas State Employee Charitable Campaign Platinum
"Leadership Award," April 23, 2008
J.B. Alexander High School, "Certificate of Appreciation" In Support of 'Go Get It Week'
Navidad del Barrio Amalia V. Urban Volunteer of the Year "Appreciation Award"
December 18, 2007
Young Men Youth Leadership Conference, "Certificate of Appreciation" In Support of Sponsorship
and Participation, December 14, 2007
City of Laredo "Laredo Distinguished Citizen" Award
November 28, 2007
Laredo Chamber of Commerce Ramiro Sanchez "Spirit of Laredo" Award 2006-2007
September 27, 2007
Honorary Recipient of United States Flag from U.S. Marine Corps, Recognizing Support of Troops
Stationed at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, July 27, 2007
LISD TAMIU Early College High School "Appreciation Award" from students
May 29, 2007
Laredo Community College "Meritorious Service Award"
May 12, 2007
Laredo Masonic Lodge #547, "Community Builder Award"
March 2, 2007
West Wind Homes, "Border Olympics Honorary Director Award"
March 1, 2007
Phi Kappa Delta International, "Appreciation Award for Services Rendered as
as Charter Member" February 23, 2007
KLRN 2007 Women’s Health Conference “In Recognition of Continuous Support in
Bringing Women’s Health Issues to the Community Award,” January 20, 2007
Divino Magazine published in January 2007 by, Laredo Morning Times, named Dr. Ray M. Keck
as “Divino Man of the Year- Leading Laredo’s Educational and Cultural Development”
Leadership Laredo “Appreciation Award for Supporting Leadership Laredo”,
September 6, 2006
Zapata County I.S.D. General Session, “Appreciation Award for Supporting the Zapata
Higher Education and Technology Initiative”, August 9, 2006
Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, "In Recognition for Tireless Support of Music in the Arts at Texas
International University, and for Unending Enthusiasm for the Sharkey-Corrigan Pipe Organ"
July 23, 2006
Gateway to Mexico All Sports Clinic 2006, “Appreciation Award”
Vidal M. Treviño Award, Outstanding Soccer Volunteer, Border Olympics Plaque
presented to Dr. Ray M. Keck, III, March 2, 2006
League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC Council 7 and LNB,
“Gary G. Jacobs Higher Education Award” presented to Dr. Ray M. Keck, III,
“In Grateful Recognition & Appreciation for your Educational Contributions to
our Community” at WBCA Noche De Cabaret event, February 15, 2006
Zapata County Independent School District, Appreciation Award for
“Guest Speaker for the Inauguration of Zapata South Elementary School”
January 28, 2006
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society,
"Appreciation Award for Services Rendered as Charter Member"
TMI -The Episcopal School of Texas, Distinguished Alumnus and Honoree,
Stars Over TMI, September 24, 2005
Texas A&M International University Faculty Senate 2004-2005
Laredo Rotary Club, 2004-2005 “Service Above Self Award”
Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School Student Council, Pride and Patriotism Committee
FAMAHISPANA 2004 Raices Award
Laredo Junior Achievement, 2004 Laredo Business Hall of Fame
Diocese of Laredo Catholic Schools, St. Agustine School 2004 Academic Fair
Appreciation Award of Participation as a Poetry Judge
United Way 2008 - 2002 Silver Leadership Award
State Employee Charitable Campaign 2006 and 2005 “Certificate of Recognition,
in Grateful Appreciation for Helping the People of our Community”,
2003 "Volunteer of the Year" and 2002 "Highest Employee
Group Recognition and Presentation Award
Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra 2002-2003 Appreciation Award"
Consejo de Instituciones de Nuevo Laredo 2002 Appreciation Award
American Heart Walk 2002 Honorary Chair
Laredo Rotary Club 2001 "Paul Harris Fellow Award"
Laredo Lulac Council 2001 "Tejano Achievers Award"
Board of Trustees Member
Laredo Area Community Foundation Board Member, 2004 -
Mercy Ministries of Laredo Board of Trustees Chair, 2004 -
Texas State Aquarium Board of Trustees Member, 2004 -
KLRN Alamo Public Telecommunications Council Board of Directors, 2007
The Hotchkiss School Board of Trustees Member, 2003 - 2007
Local Civic Contributions
Elected to Portray George Washington for Washington's Birthday Celebration, 2009
Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors and Founding Chairman
Council for Excellence in Education, 2007-
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, 2007-
Phi Delta Kappa International, 2006
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2005
Webb County Heritage Foundation "Republic of the Rio Grande President," 2001-2004
Washington's Birthday Celebration Association Parade Marshall, February 2004
Organ repertoire includes all the preludes and fugues for organ by J.S. Bach.
Principal organist, Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown
Performed organ concertos by Handel, National Gallery Orchestra
Soloist with Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, to perform
Poulenc's "Concerto for Organ and Strings."
Featured organ soloist, Virginia Consort, Charlottesville
Invited to address the American Guild of Organists
Centennial Convention, special session
devoted to organ pedagogy.
Concertized widely in Connecticut, Virginia, and Texas, and
the District of Columbia. Works by J.S. Bach,
Buxtehude, Sweelinck, D'Aquin,
Mendelssohn, Franck, Vierne, Hindemith, Pepping.
Organist and Musical Director, Christ Church Episcopal, Laredo
Invited to serve as reviewer for new CD's of the works of
J.S. Bach, The Diapason.
Who's Who in America Achievement Published Biography
58th Ed., 2004
Married Patricia González Cigarroa
Director of Health Services, Laredo Independent School District
School Nurse for Vidal M. Treviño
School of Communications & Fine Arts
Coordinator of Health Services, Laredo Independent School District
School Nurse for Milton Elementary School, Laredo
MSN, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
BA, Rice University,
magna cum laude
, Phi Beta Kappa
Teresa Cigarroa Keck
Associate, Vinson & Elkins, Houston
JD, University of Texas School of Law, Austin
MA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas, Austin
BA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Joyce Cigarroa Keck
Married Danny S. Rafati
May 1, 2004
MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
AB, Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa
Lacey Cigarroa Keck (deceased)
BS, Applied Learning & Development,University of Texas, Austin
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