RGC Celebrates Investiture


Dr. Michael Ortiz led the recessional at Dr. Kibler’s investiture ceremony.  

RGC student Juan Morales presented a plaque thanking Dr. Kibler for his leadership. 

















By Laura Nelson

The Sul Ross State University family, including Rio Grande College faculty and staff, alumni, and friends, celebrated the investiture of the 12th president of the University, Dr. Bill Kibler, on Thurs., Apr. 16 in Alpine.

The investiture ceremony formally conferred the authority of the office upon Dr. Kibler. Two familiar faces from Rio Grande College took part in the festivities.

Del Rio native Juan Morales, RGC’s Student Government Association (SGA) President, presented Dr. Kibler with a plaque thanking him for his leadership at the barbecue meal the evening before the investiture. He also spoke at the ceremony, welcoming the President to the Sul Ross RGC family.

He made the trip to Alpine for the festivities with his wife, Rocio, and their two youngest daughters, one-year old Alondra and 3-month old Alessandra. Their other three daughters, Montsserrat, 15, Cassandra, 11, and Yamil, ten, stayed in Del Rio to attend school.

Juan’s educational journey began in 1998 at Southwest Texas Junior College where he discovered his affinity for mathematics. After one year, other concerns took precedence and he quit school. Nearly 15 years later, Juan told Rocio he wanted to finish school and enrolled at SWTJC. Not long after, Rocio accepted a full-time job and then they found out they would be adding to their family. Juan thought long and hard about quitting school, but despite these and other challenges, he finished his associate’s degree and plans to complete his bachelor of science in mathematics in Dec. of this year.

In addition to Rocio’s full-time job, the couple owns a computer repair business and they help keep the family restaurant running. Juan also tutors math students and after teaching himself to use AutoCAD software, he completes blueprints for customers. He said his service in the Student Government Association has opened many doors for him and he enjoys working with other members of SGAs in the Texas State University System.

Juan is particularly proud of serving as a role model for his daughters, teaching them the importance of education as well as the commitment to finish what is started. His teacher and mentor, Dr. Michael Ortiz, also had a part in the celebration.

As President of the Rio Grande College Faculty Senate, Dr. Ortiz spoke during the investiture and served as the mace bearer during the recessional. He said, “I look forward to working with Dr. Kibler in this new phase of our history. I am proud of the role RGC fills in our local community and the investiture is a good time for us to remember and celebrate our identity as a part of Sul Ross State University.”