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About Dr. Carol A. Fierke and Dr. Jerry R. Strawser

Carol A. Fierke, Ph.D. serves as Provost & Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University.  In this role she provides oversight to the academic deans of 16 colleges and schools, 2 special purpose campuses, university libraries and a comprehensive set of academic affairs services and units.

Prior to joining Texas A&M, Dr. Fierke served as Dean of the Rackham Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs -- Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan.  In addition, she is holder of the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry.  She held this appointment in the College of Literature, Science & Arts, as well as professor of biochemistry in the Medical School. 

A world leader in her field, Fierke is the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Repligen Award in Chemistry of Biological Processes and the Protein Society’s Emil Thomas Kaiser Award for her contributions in the application of chemistry to the study of enzymes.  Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has been funded by a number of other agencies and foundations, including the National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Office of Naval Research and Keck Foundation.

Dr. Fierke received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Brandeis University and a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Carleton College. 

She has been honored for improving the campus environment for faculty and students, especially women in science, including active involvement with the University of Michigan ADVANCE program for highlighting diversity and excellence. She has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2016 American Chemical Society’s National Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.


Dr. StrawserJerry R. Strawser, Ph.D., CPA serves as Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Texas A&M University. This is his third appointment at Texas A&M University, with prior service as Dean of Mays Business School (2001-2007 and 2008-2014) and interim Executive Vice President and Provost (2007-2008). During his tenure as Dean, he has helped raise over $135 million dollars in commitments for faculty, student, and program support, including support for named chairs, professorships, faculty fellowships, graduate student fellowships, and undergraduate student scholarships. Mays has received national recognition among the top ten public institutions based on the quality of the undergraduate programs, MBA programs, and faculty scholarship and is currently one of only 14 universities (and six public universities) to have both its undergraduate and Full-Time MBA programs ranked in the top 30 by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M University, Professor Strawser served as interim Dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and Arthur Andersen & Co. Alumni Professor of Accounting.  During his tenure as Interim Dean, he helped raise over $45 million for the College of Business, including a $40 million gift to rename the College of Business after retired AIM Chairman and co-founder Charles (Ted) Bauer. Professor Strawser has also served on the faculty at Louisiana State University. 

Professor Strawser has co-authored three textbooks and over 60 journal articles. He has also presented over 30 papers at national academic conferences.  In addition to his academic experience, Professor Strawser had prior public accounting experience at two international accounting firms. He has also developed and delivered numerous executive development programs to organizations such as AT&T, CenterPoint Energy, Chinese Petroleum, Continental Airlines, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, KBR, KPMG, Minute Maid, PricewaterhouseCoopers, McDermott International, Shell, and Southwest Bank of Texas (now Amegy Bank).

Professor Strawser is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and earned his BBA and Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University.  


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