Facilities Director, Maureen Reap, retires from the College of Geosciences

Mar 9, 2016

Facilities coordinator, Maureen Reap, has recently retired from the College of Geosciences. She leaves behind a long list of accomplishments and very large shoes to fill.

Maureen has been an asset to the Texas A&M University system for quite some time. Starting out as a student, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction. After teaching science for a few years, she returned to Aggieland where she earned a master’s degree in Oceanography. This is when her career in the College of Geosciences began.

Working as a graduate assistant-researcher in 1986 for the Department of Oceanography, Maureen then moved into the role of research associate where she worked until 2002. Following this position, she accepted the job of Operations Manager for the Department of Oceanography. She spent three years in this space learning the basics of facility management. Her experiences included conducting inventories, managing building personnel, and overseeing the renovation of a chemistry laboratory. It is these skills which carried Maureen to her most recent and impactful role.

“Maureen’s heroic contributions arise from her inspiring efforts to improve the teaching and research infrastructure of the College so that the Aggies who pass through our doors have access to world-class facilities” said Deborah Thomas, oceanography department head. “Her goal is not functional facilities, but exceptional facilities - facilities that propel us toward our strategic goals.”

In December 2015, Maureen was awarded with the prestigious Dean’s Achievement Award for Exemplary Staff Services within the College of Geosciences.  One of her many nominators said the following, “Maureen serves the college with dedication, striving for and achieving excellence in her work. Her excellence, integrity, loyalty, respect, and selfless service through the 30 years she has been with the college do all Aggies proud.”

Maureen has had a profound influence on the College of Geosciences and the thousands of students and faculty members who have walked through its doors. Dr. Thomas states, “Maureen is one of the true heros of our university, and generations of Aggies have benefitted and continue to benefit from her insight, proactive planning, and creative design.”

Maureen embodies the Aggie spirit with loyalty and pride in everything that she does. Although her presence will be missed, her impact will not be forgotten.

By: Emily Peter '15