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Howdy! From Manny Vela, VP and Chief Operating Officer

Published on 5/15/2023 by Yahaira Hernandez
I am thrilled to join the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen. 
As the center’s first vice president and chief operating officer, my role is additive to the existing leadership team. Specifically, I will be focused on advancing the center’s operations and infrastructure for the goal of doubling enrollment by 2028; elevating the Colonias Program, which focuses on improving quality of life along the Texas-Mexico border; and collaborating with South Texas communities and other Texas A&M System entities’ leadership in the region. 
As a native of the Valley, I am eager to serve each of you, enabling an Aggie education in our own backyard. I look forward to building impactful relationships with you all and highlighting your stories and accomplishments as current and former students. I believe your success and our commitment to supporting higher education in the region will mean we can serve your younger siblings, friends and all those who will follow in your footsteps.

I am impressed and proud of the work that this campus has done, and I look forward to supporting this team as we grow. What happens in South Texas, shapes the future of our state. Together, that future is bright, and I can’t wait to dive in and support this incredible campus.
Manny Vela
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer 
Texas A&M University Higher Education Center of McAllen