Field of Focus
  • Endangered Species
Area of Expertise
Higher Education Administration; Zoology
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.A., 1976
  • M.S., West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, U.S.A., 1972
  • B.S., West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, U.S.A., 1971

Dr. Flavius C. Killebrew became the 10th president of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in January 2005. A&M-Corpus Christi has twice earned the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s STAR award for success in providing access to higher education for all. Nationally, the University is recognized for its groundbreaking first-year learning program.

Dr. Killebrew served from 1994 to 2004 as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). He was responsible for the administration of all academic and research programs, including the colleges, library, continuing education, enrollment management, planning and analysis, and grants and special projects. He also served WTAMU in several other administrative posts, including director of the Graduate School, dean of the Graduate School and Research, and one year as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs before being named to the permanent position in June 1995.

After earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology from WTAMU in 1971 and 1972, respectively, he earned a doctorate in zoology from the University of Arkansas in 1976. He then returned to begin his career at WTAMU in 1976 as an assistant professor of biology. His research focused on the systematic ecology of vertebrates, and he is an expert on Cagle's map turtle (Graptemys caglei). Based largely on his research, it has been recommended for listing as threatened.

Dr. Killebrew is active in several educational organizations, including the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Texas International Education Consortium and the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M University Press and the editorial review boards of several academic publications.
In addition, he serves on the boards of the USS Lexington, the Art Museum of South Texas, and the Texas State Aquarium.