Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier serves as President for Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In this position, she provides leadership for the University’s recent growth and development as a self-standing University. As President and CEO, Dr. Ferrier provides on-site executive direction of academic, administrative, and student services; vision and guidance in strategic planning, collaboration with external constituencies (including the local community, business, and state leaders); and compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
Dr. Ferrier is a leader who does not separate her faith from her work. She was the founding Chair of the Council on Faith in Action (CONFIA) – a non-profit dedicated to educating Hispanics to our nations Christian-Judeo founding principles.
Prior to coming to the Texas A&M University-San Antonio, she held many prestigious positions, including her appointment in 2002 by President George W. Bush as Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition for Limited English Proficient Students in the United States Department of Education. During her tenure at the U.S. Department of Education, she was promoted twice, first to Deputy Under Secretary, and then to Assistant Deputy Secretary. Other national presidential appointments include the Commission on National and Community Service by President George H. Bush and, in 1992, Secretary of Education, Lamar Alexander, appointed her to serve in the position of Director of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs.
Upon her return from our nation’s capitol, Dr. Ferrier served as Executive Director for External Funding of the Southwest Independent School District and the Executive Director for the Southwest Independent School District’s Education Foundation. From 1995 to 2002, Maria served as founding Executive Director of City Year, a national service organization that became the model for the now federally funded program known as AmeriCorps. In 2008, she was appointed Executive Director of the then- Texas A&M University – Kingsville System Center at San Antonio, through its designation as a stand-alone university in May 2009.
Maria is a native San Antonian and has served in San Antonio public schools for 20 years. She has received numerous awards for her work with underserved student populations including the Hispanic Heritage Award, US Department of Labor; Women of Action Award, La Prensa; National Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Life of Idealism Award, City Year and has been inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University.