The Bexar County Commissioner Court has proclaimed May 31, 2012 to be Charles L. Cotrell Day in the county, recognizing his more than 45 years of service and leadership to St. Mary’s University and celebrating his last day as University President.

Cotrell has served 13 years as president. After taking a one-year sabbatical, he will turn to teaching political science full time.

“Any scientific study would reveal that Dr. Cotrell has taught more students from St. Mary’s University who have achieved leadership positions in San Antonio and Bexar County, and in state and national governmental offices than most, if any, other educators from the state of Texas,” said Commissioner Paul Elizondo (B.M.E. ’57). Elizondo also previously bestowed the county’s highest honor, a Hidalgo, on Cotrell.

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