Friday, August 24, 2012

Texas A&M's pharmacy school in Kingsville impresses, makes for great road trip

You know if you're going to be impressed by a Texas state agency, it's most likely Texas A&M.

I drove to the small town of Kingsville, Texas, this week to visit with leaders and shakers at the Rangel College of Pharmacy there. From 9 a.m. to nearly 3 p.m. yesterday, I faced a gauntlet of folks trying to determine if I'm a good fit for the team.

Practically every time I say "Kingsville" to someone, they ask where in the world Kingsville is. The dean says that frequently happens to him as well. Kingsville is about a 45-minute drive outside of Corpus Christi.

I stood very near the spot this photo was taken at one point and stared at a beautiful painting of a smiling, old woman.

They took me to a nice lunch, gave me a tour of the building, and even let me talk with A&M employees at other Texas locations via teleconference.

As far as job interviews go, these people like to do it right. This was an impressive way to screen candidates, and no one was scary! You know the University of Texas would have put some scary people in there for me to talk with as well.

We'll have to see how it goes. I have decided to go wherever the right opportunity presents itself, so relocating to Corpus or Kingsville would be a welcomed change if that's what occurs. Living in a town like Kingsville would be sort of like living in Barstow, and I had a great time living there.

However, I did receive a call from a former employer while on the way to Kingsville about another position in Houston, so staying here is also an option.

I'll continue to keep you posted as we look for the right organization for me to join.

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