Spotlight: Jaime Chahin

Texas State’s Chahin to be honored
as Texas A&M Distinguished Alum

By Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Affairs

A photo of Dr. Jaime Chahin

Dr. Jaime Chahin

KINGSVILLE — Three alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, including Texas State dean Jaime Chahin, will be honored Oct. 22 when the Javelina Alumni Association hosts its annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.

The recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award are:

  • Dr. Roger Campos, Class of 1981, of San Antonio
  • Judge Theresa Chang, Class of 1981, of Houston
  • Dr. Jaime Chahin, Class of 1974, of Austin

Distinguished Alumni are chosen based on their professional and civic accomplishments and are those individuals that have brought special honor to the university through service and support.

Chahin has been a longtime supporter of the higher education of Hispanic students. Through his work first as an assistant professor at Texas State University and currently as a professor and dean of the Texas State College of Applied Arts, he has made an impact in this area through his research and writing. Among his publications are Engaged Scholarship in Hispanic Serving Institutions (2009), US. Latino Psychology Handbook (2009) and Latina Immigrant Transnational Mothers: The Voices of Leaders (2007)In addition, Chahin has been the executive producer of two PBS documentaries, opened the Center for Migrant Education and received the Outstanding Latino in Higher Education Award from the American Association Higher Education and the Hispanic Caucus. He is also the recipient of a National Kellogg Foundation Leadership fellowship (1993-96) and received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002). In April, Chahin was recognized by the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District for his commitment to academic excellence through his program Caminos and Caminitos, which provides eighth-grade students an opportunity to “get a head start on high school” during the summer prior to ninth grade.

Chahin received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Texas A&I University (the institution’s name from 1967-89) in 1974. A year later, he received a master’s degree in administration and policy from the University of Michigan, and in 1977 earned a doctorate in education administration from the same institution. He currently serves as an advisor for several foundations and as the treasurer of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

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