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Texas State’s Biggs elected to statewide college educators board

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
June 15, 2012

Mary Jo Garcia Biggs

Mary Jo Garcia Biggs

Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been elected vice-president of legislative affairs for the Texas Association of College Teachers.

Biggs was elected to the position for 2012-2013 by the TACT membership. Cynthia Simpson of Sam Houston State University was elected TACT president-elect, and Chad Rose, also from Sam Houston, was elected vice-president of membership.

TACT has advocated for the rights of college teachers in Texas since its inception more than 60 years ago. As they step into their roles, TACT’s new officers will assist in the creation and advocacy of a legislative agenda that benefits Texas college faculty, staff, and students for decades to come.

“Our leadership is driven; our members are passionate about improving the quality of life of faculty,” said TACT Executive Director Chuck Hempstead. “We’ve got a pivotal session at the capitol coming up, and the volunteer board has outlined its aims for the legislative calendar. We’ll be making our policy goals known, just as we’ve done for the past 60 years.”

About The Texas Association of College Teachers (TACT)

Since 1948, TACT has been at the forefront of the fight for teacher salaries and retirement benefits, academic freedom in the classroom, and tenure protection. Credit for the success of the association goes to the thousands of academic leaders who spent their time, talents, energy and emotion to guide TACT through its six decades of service to the profession.

For more information, contact Chuck Hempstead at (512) 873-7404.