New York was his home until he moved to Commerce. Twenty years ago, Ray Green and his wife, Sabrina, left the East Coast for East Texas. Neither planned on staying. Commerce offered a temporary home and a temporary job. But that soon changed. Green found the space to thrive at A&M-Commerce and used this passion when he launched the Honors College in 2007. What was once an understaffed program housed in the moldy basement of Ferguson Social Sciences grew into a nationally-recognized, academic achievement. Since then, Green’s walked with and mentored over 500 Honors Scholars. Now with two kids, Green and his wife are here to stay. While he misses good bagels and pizza, it’s worth it in the end. He found his calling.
A Conversation with Dr. Green
Growing up in Minden, Louisiana, Amber understood the importance of community. Today, she continues to foster a sense of community in her role at A&M-Commerce. Amber enjoys being part of the Lion family and helping others as they navigate their path throughout their time here. She loves listening to podcasts, attending Broadway musicals and riding her Peloton bike. Next time you are out and about, look for Amber as she continues her search for decent Cajun food in Texas.
A Conversation with Dr. Ray Green
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“Do you want to be known? Do you want people to see the true you? A&M-Commerce provides a place where there are the opportunities of a DI school, but the size where you can still stand out.”
What has been your most memorable moment helping an alum or donor?
“I really have no idea, there are so many moments that matter. Once example of knowing that we are doing the right thing is when one of our alumni, who had some tough moments as an undergraduate, called me the night he defended his dissertation to thank me for my support and belief in him.”
How has your role changed since you began working at A&M-Commerce?
“I arrived on campus as an assistant professor of Psychology. I was then blessed with the chance to build my own college. And now I get to play ‘all the roles’ – administrator, professor, amateur counselor, recruiter, and intramural teammate!”
What do you like most about your career?
“I love the opportunity to help others transform their lives through higher education. I grew so much as a person during my college experience and want others to have the chance to experience that for themselves. My career has allowed me the chance to support organizations large and small and to feel confident that I was helping to make a difference in my way. I enjoy understanding what excites donors to make gifts large and small. We each have different motivations and the stories are special and compelling. In my role at A&M-Commerce, I have had the opportunity to have more direct interaction with both donors and the students that benefit from their generosity. This has been such a positive for me personally and professionally, building relationships with people that care about this institution enough to volunteer their time and donate is powerful. Knowing that I have been able to help facilitate those relationships is energizing and motivating. I love working at nonprofits and in fundraising because I am reminded every day that there are very caring and generous people in the world.”
What do you like most about your career?
I have the opportunity to work with bright and hardworking students on a daily basis. They give me great confidence that our world is being left in caring and competent hands.”
- Ph.D., Social Psychology, Rutgers University, 1997
- MS, Social Psychology, Rutgers University, 1994
- BA, Psychology, Drew University, 1991
- Dean, Honors College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2009-present
- Professor, Psychology, TAMU-C, 2011-present
- Director, University Honors College, TAMU-C, 2007-2008
- Director, University Honors Program, TAMU-C, 2006
- Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology, TAMU-C, 2005-2006
- Interim Department Head, Psychology and Special Education, TAMU-C, 2002-2003
- Assistant Professor, Psychology, TAMU-C, 2000-2005
- Instructor, Assistant Professor (Temporary), Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1997-2000
- Lecturer, Drew University, 1997-2000
- Teaching Assistant/Lecturer, Rutgers, 1991-1996
Awards and Honors
- Honors Professor of the Decade, 2007-2017
- Campus Life and Student Development Partnership Award, 2015
- Honors Professor of the Year, 2010-11
- Teaching Excellence Award, The Texas A&M System, 2009
- H.M. Lafferty Teacher of the Year Award, 2004
- Wellness among Honors Students
- Naturalistic assessment of gender stereotypes
- Social Cognition
- Impostor syndrome
- National Collegiate Honors Council
- Great Plains Honors Council
- Association for Psychological Science
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology
- Southwestern Psychological Association
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Psi Chi
- Society for American Baseball Research