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July 21st, 2009
Matthews resigns as TSUS chancellor


Charles R. Matthews, Chancellor of the Texas State University System (TSUS) since February 2005, announced his retirement effective Feb. 1, 2010.

“Being chancellor of this system has been a great source of pride for me these last four and a half years,” Matthews said in his resignation letter. “The schools in our system continue to provide a quality education for students. Each of the schools provides a unique set of course offerings that provide a wide range of educational opportunities for Texans.”

Matthews said five years is a reasonable tenure for the head of any large organization.

“The accomplishments of the past five years put the system on a solid foundation that will serve it well in the 21st century,” Matthews said.

State officials had warm words for Matthews after his announcement.

“Chancellor Matthews has been a distinguished public servant, from mayor of Garland to Railroad Commissioner to Chancellor of the Texas State University System, he has worked to make government more efficient and accountable to taxpayers,” said Texas Governor Rick Perry. “He has left a lasting legacy at the oldest and third largest higher education system in Texas and the thousands of students educated under his leadership. I appreciate his service and wish him well.”

Said TSUS Board of Regents Chairman Ron Blatchley, “Charles Matthews has made an incredible difference for this system. In his five-year tenure, he brought the system from relative obscurity to great prominence in Texas. Each of our institutions has benefited from his superb leadership and the system will have a very difficult time replacing him.”

Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Masters of Public Administration from Texas State and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration for the University of Texas in Austin.

“Everything we’ve accomplished has been a team effort that includes the regents, the presidents, provosts and administration of our member schools, as well as faculty, staff, students and alumni,” Matthews said. “That is the real secret to the system’s dramatic achievements over the past five years, a world-class team at all levels. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of it.”

The TSUS includes Texas State, Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Sam Houston State University and Sul Ross State University.

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