Skip to main content

Dr. Kenneth Maroney Papers

Identifier: Coll-135

Dr. Kenneth Maroney attended the University of Corpus Christi (now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) starting in 1949 and played on the basketball team. When the season ended in 1950 the team had unequaled wins of 25-1. In 1957 Dr. Maroney returned to UCC as a professor and assistant basketball coach. He served as president of the Corpus Christi University from 1969 to 1973. While he was president Hurricane Celia hit the island. Dr. Maroney’s papers include photographs of the damage to UCC after Celia, artifacts including his UCC basketball sweater, jacket, and duffle bag, and a scrapbook of his time at UCC on the basketball team.


  • 1929-2016


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research

Conditions Governing Use

This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to taking precautions against infringement of copyright and respecting the publication rights of reproduced materials. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Any materials used should be fully credited with their source according to the example given in the Preferred Citation note. Requests for assistance with citations and images of publication quality should be directed to


8 Linear Feet


Dr. Kenneth Maroney, an athlete, a veteran, a coach, a consultant for the US Office of Education and a university president accomplished many goals in his life. His papers focus on the time he played for the University of Corpus Christi’s basketball team and later became the Presdient of the University of Corpus Christi.

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth Maroney was born September 21, 1929 in Ben Franklin, Texas to Ila Mae and Robert Maroney and grew up in Boxelder, Texas which lies in Red River County of northeast Texas. He graduated from Annona High School as Valedictorian at the age of 16, attended Paris Jr. College, and continued his education at the University of Corpus Christi in 1948 on a basketball scholarship. He was a member of the 1949-1950 basketball team, which ended the season with an unequaled 25-1 record. He was inducted into the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi’s (once University of Corpus Christi) Athletic Hall of Honor in 2002. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Education and English as well as a minor in Speech.

Maroney then joined the United States Air Force and served from 1952 to 1956. While serving he earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas in 1956. He completed his Ed.D. in Counseling and Professional Administration from North Texas State University in 1962. He returned to UCC as an instructor and assistant basketball coach, he later served as dean of students, professor of psychology, and lastly president of University of Corpus Christi. Maroney had been active in the Professional Staff National NDEA Counseling and Guidance Institute at North Texas and served as a consultant for the United States Office of Education from 1965 to 1967.

Dr. Maroney married Betty Burney Maroney in 1987 who also graduated from UCC. They have two sons Mark and David.

President Maroney served from 1969 to 1973, bring the university out of the wreckage created by Hurricane Celia in 1970. He was instrumental in UCC’s conversion from a private institution to part of the Texas A&M University System. Dr. Maroney helped to obtain NCAA certification for the university, laying the foundation for today’s revived athletic program. After retirement he remained active with Island athletics, the Alumni Association, and the Tarpon Foundation. Dr. Maroney’s career at UCC, now TAMU-CC spans more than fifty years.


The organization of the collection includes nine series:

Artifacts Yearbooks Biographical Information Professional Papers Professional Speeches UCC Administrative Papers Correspondence University Publications Photographs and Negatives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Four donations of materials were donated from 2000 to 2022 by Dr. Maroney and his family. Included were items about UCC student life, basketball, Hurricane Celia, university records, and a scrapbook of Maroney’s time as a basketball player. In 2022 his wife, Betty Maroney, donated her husband’s, college sweater, jacket, and duffle bag dating from the 1940s.

Related Materials

Darwin B. Nelson Collection of UCC Football Artifacts; TAMU-CC Office of the President Record group

Guide to Dr. Kenneth Maroney Papers
Lori Atkins
August 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Edition statement

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

6300 Ocean Dr.
Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
361-825-5973 (Fax)