Brent Donham never considered working at A&M-Commerce until he came here. His journey started in 2009 when he became the Department Head of Engineering and Technology. Over a decade later, he’s now our Dean. His most recent accomplishment, the development and implementation of a Construction and Electrical Engineering program, continues to grow and receive national recognition. Donham enjoys interacting with alumni and hearing how ETSU/A&M-Commerce impacted their lives, research, and the community.
A Conversation With Dr. Donham
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“Every university will provide you with the opportunity to develop friendships and shared experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. I look back on my time in college with fond memories. However, my most memorable experiences were centered around relationships with faculty who cared for and invested in me. You will find that at A&M-Commerce. I hold true to one of the College of Science and Engineering’s core values: ‘We consider ourselves partners in facilitating student learning and development. We recognize students as individuals and assist them in achieving their full potential.’”
What do you like most about your career?
“I have the privilege of working with a talented group of faculty who are focused on enabling students to reach their academic and career goals. My position affords me the opportunity to engage and partner with the local industries, which are critical to the regional economy, as well as interacting with alumni from this great university. However, what brings me the most joy and pride is seeing and hearing about the successes of our students. Whether it is starting their own businesses, being successful in graduate school, or receiving an industry award, their success always reminds me of the reason I was called to this profession.”
Tell us a little about yourself?
“I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Selecting a college was relatively easy, as there were only two institutions that offered an engineering degree in New Mexico. Upon graduating from New Mexico State University, I attended Stanford University where I earned my Master’s in Electrical Engineering. I worked in the industry for 14 years before moving into higher education. This industry experience has been important in my career as it allowed me to take applied experience into the classroom. I have worked in higher education for the past 24 years.”
- Ed.D., Educational Administration, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
- BS, Electrical Engineering, New Mexico State University
- Dean, College of Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2014
- Department Head and Associate Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2009
- Associate Vice President, Engineering & Technology/Educational Transitions Richland College, 2008-2009
- Executive Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Richland College, 2005-2008
- Dean of Instruction, Engineering Technology & Emerging Programs, Richland College, 2000-2005
- Associate Dean, Technology Programs, Richland College, 1998-2000
- Teaching Administrator, Richland College, 1996-1998
Awards and Honors
- Service Award, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, 2019
- Administrator of the Year, Hunt/Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference Award, 2013
- Tech Titan of the Future University Award Finalist, Metroplex Technology Business Council, 2013
- Outstanding Department Head, Faculty Senate Recognition Award, 2013