Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, signed the MOA with Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, president and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The agreement wants to improve the outreach and engagement for the USCG’s recruiting efforts, while helping A&M-Corpus Christi by providing additional tuition-saving choices for students, as well as academic options for faculty and professors.

According to the agreement USCG will support commissioning and mentoring programs in place at A&M-Corpus Christi to increase the number of highly qualified individuals being recruited.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas stated:

This is a great milestone marking the official partnership between the Coast Guard and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. We want the best and brightest our nation has to offer in the United States Coast Guard, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi wants to offer every opportunity possible to their students. It’s a perfect fit.