Rita Presley

Executive Assistant for the Office of Government Relations

As the Executive Assistant for the Office of Government Relations, Rita oversees all office activities, including but not limited to: managing calendars, scheduling and travel for the office, coordinating and executing campus tours from Congressional visitors to students, initiating event planning and logistics, filing lobbying reports, facilitating accounting activities for the office, serving as a liaison with The Texas A&M University System Offices of Federal and State Relations, and serving as a case worker for constituent matters. Rita is a problem-solver and the glue that keeps the office together.

My Texas A&M Story

My Texas A&M story began in 1985, when I began working as a clerk in the Office of Records and Admissions. I enjoyed working in the office immensely and was promoted to several different positions during my career until I was promoted to Assistant to the Registrar, a position I would hold the next 16 years until 2009.

In 1987, while still working full-time, I thought it would be fun to take some Texas A&M classes while working on campus.  After I took all of the “fun” courses, at least what I considered to be “fun”, I realized I needed to take more advanced classes if I was going to seriously pursue my degree.  As a first generation college student from quite a large family, I was dedicated to getting my degree even if it meant taking one class at a time.  In August 2006, all that hard work and persistence paid off when I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, a degree which has been invaluable in enhancing and broadening my career path.

After many wonderful years in the Office of Records and Admissions, I began to feel like it might be the right time to explore a possible change, but I wanted to stay on campus and continue to serve the university in some capacity. It was in March 2009 when I joined Government Relations as the Executive Assistant for the office. I enjoy working in this office immensely and appreciate the opportunity to continue serving this wonderful university and my Alma Mater!