Retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. A&M-Texarkana's most recognizable alumnus.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause…and he’s one of our alumni! Mark retired from the Federal Correctional Institution in November 2016. He received a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from East Texas State University in Texarkana before the university became part of the Texas A&M System. At the time he was a correctional officer, but once he earned his degree it began to open other doors for him. He moved from being a correctional officer into the role of case manager, before eventually becoming a counselor there. His salary literally doubled twice in the first few years following his earning the BAAS degree. “Taking classes like sociology and psychology played a big role in my career success,” Reed said.