McMurry University to hold Commencement on May 13

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:05 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Ray Martinez III, president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc., will be the guest speaker for the McMurry University Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in Hunt P.E. Center. McMurry will confer degrees on 167 seniors at the event.

Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) serves the state and federal policy interests of Texas’ regionally-accredited, nonprofit independent institutions of higher education. Prior to joining ICUT, Martinez served as chancellor of Western Governors University - Texas and has held senior government relations positions at Rice University and with the Texas A&M University System. He previously served as the director of the Higher Education Committee in the Texas Senate.

Martinez also has substantial experience working in Washington, D.C. Throughout most of the 1990’s he worked in the administration of President Bill Clinton, where he held numerous appointed positions, including regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and deputy assistant to President Clinton as part of the White House staff. From 2003-2006, he served as one of four commissioners on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a bipartisan federal agency responsible for assisting state and local governments to improve the process of election administration. President George W. Bush nominated him to serve as a commissioner and he was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate for this position.

Martinez has taken his extensive experience from working in the halls of government into the college classroom. From 2007-2013, he served as an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Texas School of Law and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he taught a course on election law and policy. His writings and commentaries on a variety of election law issues have been printed in various periodicals, including the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Roll Call, and the Election Law Journal. A native of Alice, Texas, he received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Martinez and his wife, Beth, reside in Austin and they have two children, Sofia Grace and Lorenzo Elder.

Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz, associate pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, will be the featured preacher at the University’s Baccalaureate service at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Aldersgate. She was ordained an elder in the Northwest Texas Conference of the UMC in June 2011 and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.


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