The Texas A&M University System's board of regents has approved the establishment of the cryptically named Area 41 Institute — a think tank it hopes will play a key role in legislative policymaking. The system has set aside $1 million for the institute’s initial funding but hopes to secure another $3 million from contracts with state agencies.Full Story
The two candidates to replace outgoing UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa — Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of the United States Special Operations Command, and Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas — are neither a product of state politics nor of academia, the typical backgrounds of the heads of university systems in Texas.
Touting a new program as the first in Texas to be directed at reducing preventable diseases, Texas A&M University officials on Tuesday announced its Healthy Texas Initiative, which will first launch with a focus on South Texas.
The Public Utility Commission's proposed changes to the electric market gained a powerful detractor in recent days: the Texas Oil and Gas Association, the state's oldest and largest petroleum organization.Full Story
Your evening reading: Democrats continue criticism of proposed state regulations of health navigators; critics of new abortion law face tough questions at 5th Circuit; judge says Texas Supreme Court justice can stay on ballotFull Story
The state's longest-serving governor is beginning his last year in office. His people are burrowing into long-term jobs, and his allies and appointees can start thinking about what happens next. But even a lame duck has influence — especially with his people so deeply spread throughout Texas government.Full Story
Your evening reading: Perry pushes a new position at A&M "on par with [the] chancellor"; navigator supporters criticize new requirements proposed by state; state jobless rate hits a nearly five-year lowFull Story
The week starts with questions over whether the Texas A&M regents' decision on Saturday to tap the chancellor's favorite for interim president over the governor's favored candidate will lead to more controversy in College Station.Full Story
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents unanimously voted to name Mark Hussey interim president of Texas A&M University in College Station at a meeting on Saturday. He was backed by Chancellor John Sharp over a candidate touted by Gov. Rick Perry, who appointed each of the regents.Full Story
Your evening reading: new numbers and analysis on the Cornyn-Stockman primary contest; Texplainer explains the AG's duty to defend state laws; ex-El Paso County commissioner gets probation in corruption caseFull Story
Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin said he felt that he brought something to A&M that had been somewhat lacking: "a real focus on students." He said that his decision to leave his post was driven by a desire to return to teaching.Full Story
Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of The University of Texas System, and John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, join Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune, in a conversation about higher education and the future of Texas' largest two university systems.
This event was recorded before a live audience in Austin on March 28, 2013. TribLives feature moderated discussion with our honored guests followed by questions from the audience. For more information on Tribune events, please visit http://www.texastribune.org/events/.Full Story
Full video of my 3/28 TribLive conversation with University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp.Full Story
At this morning's TribLive conversation, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp talked about the per-student decline in state funding of higher education and whether excellence is achievable on a lean budget.Full Story
The federal government has approved a $91 million influenza-vaccine manufacturing facility based in the Bryan-College Station area to be run by the Texas A&M University System and pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.Full Story
South Texas health leaders say they've waited long enough to establish a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. But to get from blueprints to bricks and mortar, they must persuade hospitals to finance 120 residency slots, get local voters in the impoverished region to sign off on a taxing district and persuade the Legislature to provide an additional $20 million a year.Full Story
Texas A&M University officials say that a plan to outsource support services will help the university raise $260 million in the next 10 years. And the workers in those positions can reapply for their jobs with the company that is taking over. But some workers have expressed concerns about the security of their employment.Full Story
Despite its size and reputation, Texas A&M University has never had a law school. That's about to change. A&M is entering into a partnership with Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth to create a new law school that will be known as the Texas A&M School of Law at Texas Wesleyan University.Full Story
John Sharp, the new Texas A&M University System chancellor, is out to privatize services at the main campus in College Station, and he’s getting the kind of pushback that is pure gold for someone in his position. And if you're familiar with Sharp's time as state comptroller, it's a storyline that shouldn't come as a complete surprise.Full Story
Chancellor John Sharp is preparing for a massive privatization of services at Texas A&M University, from food service to grounds maintenance. But officials say that does not mean employees need to worry about their jobs.Full Story
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp is launching a $5 million effort to bring Nobel laureates and other prominent scholars to College Station. He says he plans to adopt a similar approach throughout the university system.Full Story