78R14320 KMP-D

By:  Raymond                                                      H.R. No. 1308

WHEREAS, Dr. Ramón H. Dovalina, president of Laredo Community College (LCC), has for more than three decades dedicated himself to the betterment of higher education in Texas, and his accomplishments as a teacher, college administrator, and civic leader have earned him widespread esteem and many well-deserved accolades; and WHEREAS, This eminent Texan attended Laredo Junior College, as LCC was then known, before earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M University--Kingsville, and his doctorate in community college leadership at The University of Texas at Austin; and WHEREAS, Early in his career he gained classroom experience as an educator in our state's public school system, and in 1972 he joined the staff of Del Mar College to serve as assistant registrar; he moved to the Capital City in 1973 to help launch Austin Community College and remained with that school for 22 years, holding a number of posts before being named chief development officer; and WHEREAS, Dr. Dovalina returned to South Texas in 1995 to assume the presidency of LCC, and since then he has ably guided the college through a period of impressive development; under his skilled leadership, LCC has adopted a 10-year master plan, approved more than $14 million in revenue bonds, undertaken the construction of new science and fine arts buildings, and acquired property for a second campus in south Laredo; Dr. Dovalina has also overseen the introduction of new programs, the development of distance education, and the creation of an environmental science center; and WHEREAS, In addition to his many professional endeavors, Dr. Dovalina has given generously of his time and expertise to numerous civic organizations; a Rotarian and strong supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo, he has served as a member of the Mayor's Business Council and the Laredo advisory committee of the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance, as well as worked with the Laredo Manufacturers Association and the Art Has Heart Foundation; in 2000, the Laredo Morning Times honored him as Laredoan of the Year; and WHEREAS, Through his passionate commitment to education, his outstanding administrative talents, and his bold vision, Dr. Dovalina has helped countless students prepare themselves for a rewarding and successful future and contributed immeasurably to developing the human resources of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature hereby commend Dr. Ramón H. Dovalina for his significant contributions to higher education and extend to him warmest best wishes for continued success and happiness in the years ahead; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Dr. Dovalina as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.