AD&D President's Letter: Arthur Watson

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the 2023-2024 President for the Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies (AD&D).  I am excited to engage with each of you as we embark upon a new academic year.  It is my hope that we can learn, grow, and reinvigorate ourselves through both professional development opportunities and the annual meeting, set for April 2024. 

Through the wonderful learning and networking experiences I’ve had because of my membership in AD&D, I feel empowered to give back to an organization that has so richly given to me.  As your president, my goals are to:

  • elevate the national presence of AD&D through marketing, outreach and the annual meeting;
  • communicate relevant, timely, and accurate information to the membership;
  • increase the value of membership through thought-provoking professional development,  a revitalizing annual meeting, and opportunities to engage through committee work and networking;
  • and to be a resource to the entire membership.  If I am not able to provide you with answers, I hope to direct you to another member who can. 

Together, we will transcend the past and work together to advance AD&D to a new level.

For the past 19 years, I have had the privilege of working at the largest, public institution in the country, Texas A&M University.  While I have held various positions, I currently serve as the Executive Director for Transition Academic Programs (TAP). TAP advises our undeclared students, oversees both the University’s co-enrollment and provisional admission programs, provides insight through our majors exploration program (Explore), and gives an opportunity through our second chance, intensive advising program, Aggies Thrive.  I am fortunate to lead a wonderful team of professionals to assist students in success.  This is in no small part to the knowledge, best practices, and relationships I’ve gained through AD&D.

I look forward to working with each of you.  2023-2024 is going to be a great year!


Dr. Arthur C. Watson

Association of Deans and Directors
of University College and Undergraduate Studies (AD&D)