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Texas A&M University at Galveston
News Release
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Robert Smith III, President of Texas A&M University at Galveston,
announces appointment of special advisor

Galveston, Texas — Major General Charles W. “Bill” McClain Jr., U.S. Army Retired, was recently appointed as Special Advisor to the President of Texas A&M University at Galveston.

In this role, McClain will support the president by advising on a broad range of campus issues. In assisting the university’s communications and marketing efforts within the state of Texas and nationally as a branch campus of TAMU, he will work with areas of development, communications, marketing and events.

McClain is a 1962 Distinguished Military Graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in English. He later graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Art degree in Management and Supervision. He studied history at the University of Virginia and journalism and public relations at the University of Wisconsin as part of his graduate studies.

MG McClain served the U.S. Army in Public Affairs and Air Defense Artillery assignments for more than 33 years with senior public affairs assignments in Washington and Europe. As the Army’s longest-serving Chief of Public Affairs, McClain instituted wide-ranging initiatives to position the public affairs community for continued contributions into the 21st century. For his efforts he was inducted into the Army’s Public Affairs Hall of Fame in 2003.

In addition to his military background, McClain brings to this position valuable experience in both the public and private sectors serving as chief of staff to Bexar County Judge Cyndi Taylor Krier, as vice president of a management consulting firm and most recently as chief of staff to two presidents of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Among his military awards are the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is a graduate of the Army War College.

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