COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today appointed Phillip Ray as Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs and Therese (Terry) McDevitt as Vice Chancellor for Marketing & Communications for the A&M System. The appointments are effective immediately.
“Phillip and Terry have both already provided tremendous value to the A&M System in their current roles,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the A&M System. “I’m looking forward to continuing our progress as we work together to make the A&M System the best system of higher education in the nation.”
Phillip Ray has served as the A&M System’s Chief Business Development Officer since 2012. He is responsible for all real estate development projects involving a public-private partnership, negotiation of operational efficiencies opportunities, financial accounting and reporting oversight, direction of tax and fiscal activities, financial functions related to the legislative appropriations process, annual operating budget process, and Historically Underutilized Business initiatives. He also oversees all functions of the A&M System Facilities Planning and Construction and Aircraft operations. Ray will continue to be responsible for these areas in his new role. Prior to joining the A&M System, he was the Associate Vice President for Finance and University Contracts Officer at Texas A&M University.
McDevitt has served as Interim Director of Communications for the A&M System since October 27, 2014. In her new role, she will lead the System Office of Marketing and Communications in creating strategic marketing and communications initiatives on behalf of the System Offices and all member institutions in the A&M System. She will serve as the A&M System’s primary contact for marketing and communications and will also serve as strategic communications advisor to the Chancellor and Board of Regents.
McDevitt brings more than 30 years of experience in journalism and public relations. She previously served as a communications leader on management teams with organizations such as Texas Monthly, ABC News, Condé Nast Publications and Time Inc. and is the former Vice President of Communications at Fortune magazine. She was a recipient of Time Inc.’s highest honor, the President’s Award, for her contributions to the re-branding of Fortune and the success of the Global Forum series.
She was the founder and principal at McDevitt Media Group, a strategic communications practice with offices in San Antonio and New York, where her clients included Rackspace, Pfizer, Time Inc., Fast Company magazine, the Competitor Group and Southwest Water Resources.
McDevitt also served as a Managing Director at Public Strategies, now Hill + Knowlton Strategies, where she was instrumental in client work for several Fortune 500 companies. McDevitt has served in development and public affairs roles for two of San Antonio’s most prominent arts organizations: Blue Star Contemporary Arts Museum and the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. She is a San Antonio native and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.
The A&M System organizational chart is available at http://www.tamus.edu/?p=10820.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.
Contact: Therese (Terry) McDevitt