Dr. James B. Kracht has been named interim assistant provost for undergraduate studies, effective October 1, announced Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies Lesia L. Young. In his new role, Kracht will work with the academic colleges and other campus units to strengthen programs and services designed to help students successfully complete their undergraduate studies.
For the past several years, Kracht has served as executive associate dean, the Byrne Chair for Student Success, and professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Human Development, as well as professor of geography in the College of Geosciences. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1974. Previous leadership responsibilities have included chair of elementary education, chair of graduate programs, coordinator of professional development school programs, director of teacher education, assistant department head, and department head in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture. He has supported development of several new degree programs in the College and was instrumental in developing the Byrne Center for Student Success.
Kracht’s accomplishments earned him recognition for his work in teacher preparation and social studies education, including a 2002 Dean’s Roundtable Award for teaching, the Texas A&M International Excellence Award for contributions to international efforts, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Council for the Social Studies. The Governors Center for Geographic Education named Kracht a Fellow in 1998, and in 2002 awarded him a medal for leadership in research and development. He is also a recipient of the Extraordinary Service Award from the College of Education and Human Development.
“We are excited to have a scholar like Jim join the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies,” says Young. “His faculty expertise, administrative skill, and years of experience will enhance our efforts to ensure excellence among undergraduate studies at Texas A&M.”