Office of the Commandant

Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ’79, Brigadier General, USA (Ret.)
Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ’79, Brigadier General, USA (Ret.)Commandant
(979) 845-2811

Brigadier General Joe Ramirez is a native of Houston, Texas and is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Texas Aggie Band in the Corps of Cadets. He received his commission in the United States Army Field Artillery from Texas A&M in 1979 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

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Byron Stebbins ’78, Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
Byron Stebbins ’78, Colonel, USMC (Ret.)Chief Of Staff
(979) 845-2811

Colonel Stebbins graduated from Texas A&M University in December 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Colonel Stebbins held a variety of positions within aviation logistics during his 30 years in the Marine Corps.

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Sam Hawes ’81, Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Sam Hawes ’81, Colonel, USA (Ret.)Assistant Commandant - Recruiting
(979) 845-9232, Sanders Corps Center

Colonel Hawes received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University in 1981. While at Texas A&M, COL Hawes was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He achieved the rank of Cadet Major, commanded Company A-1 as a senior cadet, and was a member of the Ross Volunteer Honor Company. As an ROTC cadet he completed U.S Army Airborne and Ranger School, received the Marshall Award as the most outstanding Senior Army ROTC cadet at Texas A&M, and was recognized as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.

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Meredith Simpson ’03
Meredith Simpson ’03Assistant Commandant - Academics and International Programs
(979) 862-3337

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Dr. Timothy Rhea
Dr. Timothy RheaDirector - Bands and Music Activities
(979) 845-3529

Dr. Timothy B. Rhea is Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University. As Director of Bands, he serves as administrative head of the university band program (1000 students), serves as conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and is the director of the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” As Director of Music Activities, he additionally oversees the activities of the jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choral programs. Dr. Rhea came to Texas A&M University in June of 1993 following a year of public school teaching in LaPorte, Texas – near Houston.

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Jeff Gardner ’82, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Jeff Gardner ’82, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Ret.)Director - Sanders Corps Center
(979) 862-2862

Lt Col Gardner assumed the position as the Director of the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center and External Support in August 2008. Prior to his current position, he served as the 1st Wing Cadet Training Officer for the 2007-2008 academic year.

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Gary Beaty ’92, Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Gary Beaty ’92, Colonel, USA (Ret.)Assistant Commandant - Discipline
(979) 458-1341

Will Schrank ’86
Will Schrank ’86Assistant Commandant - Logistics
(979) 862-2448

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David W. Keller Ph.D. '07
David W. Keller Ph.D. '07Director - Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership
(979) 458-0436

Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Dr. Keller completed a noteworthy 20+ year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he directed all cadet character, ethics, and leadership programs at the United States Air Force Academy, including more than 120 annual seminars and the overseeing the Academy’s acclaimed National Character & Leadership Symposium. He also served as the Deputy Vice Commandant of the Air Force Academy, where he led many of the Academy’s organizational culture & climate change efforts, to include guiding the nation’s largest collegiate peer education team.

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Amy Thompson '10
Amy Thompson '10Assistant Commandant - Marketing and Communications
(979) 862-1922

ROTC Departments

Blake Connors, Colonel, US Army
Blake Connors, Colonel, US ArmyProfessor of Military Science
(979) 845-2814

Colonel Blake Connors is a career Infantry officer with over 26 years of service and currently serves as the Professor of Military Science at Texas A&M University. He has served in mechanized, airborne and light infantry units throughout his career. He has operational experience with multiple tours in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He commanded at the battalion level in both the Asymmetric Warfare Group from 2009-2012 and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” from 2013 to 2015. From 2015 to 2016 he served as Chief of Operations for the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve at Camp Aritjan, Kuwait. His most recent assignment was with the Canadian Army serving as the Deputy Commander for the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

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Michael Reilly, Colonel, USMC
Michael Reilly, Colonel, USMCProfessor of Naval Science
(979) 845-1775

Colonel Michael Reilly

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Sherri LeVan, Colonel, USAF
Sherri LeVan, Colonel, USAFProfessor of Aerospace Studies
(979) 845-7611

Colonel Sherri LeVan is the Commander of AFROTC Detachment 805, Texas A&M University. The Detachment is the largest in the nation with over 750 cadets enrolled in the fall of 2019. It is one of the nation’s oldest AFROTC programs, having been established in the early 1920s as one of seven Air ROTC units. Detachment 805 has a long and proud lineage of producing the highest quality officers for the United States Air Force that includes 8 of the 9 Texas A&M Four-Star Generals.

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