Dr. Arlene Horne announced as New Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
By Noah Nelson
COMMERCE, TX — After a comprehensive national search, Texas A&M University-Commerce Interim Provost Dr. Gary D. Peer has announced that Dr. Arlene Horne has begun working as the new vice provost for research and dean of graduate studies.
Horne oversees post-baccalaureate programs and research opportunities. She previously served as associate vice president for research at the University of West Georgia and as vice president for research and federal relations at the University of Texas at Tyler. Horne assumed her new duties on 1 October 2012.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Horne’s excellent research background and proven administrative experience joining our leadership team," said Peer. "In the short time she has been with us, she has moved quickly to acquire a working understanding of campus system and state policies, and also rules and regulations governing both graduate education and research. I am confident she will prove to be an outstanding leader of graduate programs and research at A&M-Commerce. I'm glad to have her as a colleague.”
Horne says her goals are to enhance sponsored research and ensure a quality educational experience for all graduate students from application to graduation.
“I am excited to become a part of the A&M-Commerce community, and I look forward to working with such outstanding faculty and graduate students,” said Horne. “One of the reasons I wanted to work at A&M-Commerce is its terrific research abilities and potential for gaining extramural support for sponsored activities. In this arena, A&M-Commerce appears to be poised to take the critical next step of realizing its potential for gaining external support for some very exciting projects, including the transfer of technology from laboratories to the marketplace.”
Horne earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at New Mexico Highlands University, and a doctorate in psychological foundations, with an emphasis in research methodology and statistics, from The University of New Mexico Department of Biological Sciences.