Ray D. Person, Jr. is a first generation Aggie from Bryan, TX. He has worked in higher education for approximately 10 years. His previous roles include mentoring, coaching, advising, student teaching, and research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University. Currently, he is completing his Executive Education Leadership certification with the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.
From 2011 to 2016, he worked as a Senior Program Coordinator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Office of Admissions for Texas A&M University. He provided admissions and financial aid assistance to 65+ public and private schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Additionally, he coordinated and facilitated a number of recruitment programs to increase diversity at Texas A&M University. In 2013, he was a finalist for the President’s Meritorious Service Award as a member of the DFW recruitment team. Then in 2014, he was the recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement award for Recruitment in Diversity. Recently, he was honored as a namesake for Fish Camp 2018. Today, he serves as the Team Lead for College, Career, and Military Readiness in Manor ISD.
Ray is passionate about student success in higher education. He believes students’ personal growth should be nurtured and they should feel supported throughout their collegiate careers. On a daily basis, he attempts to build and foster healthy relationships with his students. His passion has been influenced by a number of mentors, who instilled a sense of courage, passion, self-confidence, and resiliency in him both as a student and professional. He hopes to inspire tomorrow’s leaders with his talk as he reflects on his personal journey thus far.
“To whom much is given, much will be tested as well as required.”