Dr. Edgar J. Manton
I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1959. Upon graduation, I was assigned to the Strategic Air Command's first operational ICBM site at Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming and served as the deputy commander for an ICBM Crew responsible for three Atlas D missiles. In 1963, I left the service and was appointed the Chief of the Planning and Technical Support Office for NASA’s Launch Support Operations Directorate at the John F. Kennedy Space Center which was responsible for all technical support required by space craft and launch vehicle operations. For nine years I performed planning, budgeting, contract, and technical management functions supporting the Gemini, Saturn, and Apollo Programs and some early work on the Shuttle Program. During this time, I earned the master’s and doctorate degrees in business administration from Florida State University.
In 1972, I joined Texas A&M University-Commerce as Professor and Head of the General Business and Systems Management Department, which was responsible for offering programs and courses in business administration, management information systems, statistics, operations research, research methods, real estate and insurance. I served as the head of the department for 28 years. I have published a real estate textbook and have authored over 70 academic journal articles. In 1979, I was elected President of the Texas Real Estate Teacher's Association and in 1982, was elected President of the national Real Estate Educator's Association. I have also been extensively involved in university and academic program accreditation efforts, having chaired or been a member of 26 university accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This activity has led to extensive accreditation and educational consulting efforts for the government of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.