Tribpedia: Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center.

A&M System members educate more than 131,000 students and reach another 22 million people through service each year. With more than ...

University of Texas at Austin students pass by the Main Building on their way to and from classes.
University of Texas at Austin students pass by the Main Building on their way to and from classes.

Universities Try Again on Construction Funding

In 2013, billions of dollars in bonds to pay for new campus buildings slipped through the grasp of state universities and colleges in the session's closing moments. Another bond package is now moving swiftly through the chambers, and university leaders hope not to repeat that fate.  

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.

Cruz Offers to Speak at Texas A&M International Graduation

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has approached Texas A&M International University about speaking at the Laredo college's spring commencement, the A&M System confirmed Thursday. 

 

Roundup: Funding Mental Health and a Perry Proposal

This week in the Roundup: With just a few weeks left in office, Gov. Rick Perry is planning an official farewell address to lawmakers, a Texas A&M proposal to honor Perry is pulled and the state is poised to weigh another sizable investment in mental health care.

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Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Director Dr. Brett Giroir during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on October 17th, 2014 joined by Gov. Perry, Dr. Kyle Janek, Col. Steve McCraw and Chief Nim Kidd
Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Director Dr. Brett Giroir during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on October 17th, 2014 joined by Gov. Perry, Dr. Kyle Janek, Col. Steve McCraw and Chief Nim Kidd

Ebola Task Force's Report Includes Call for New Facility

In a new report, the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response called for the establishment of a treatment facility specifically for children, among other recommendations.

Texas Sen. Charles Schwertner, Dr. Brett Giroir and Gov. Rick Perry at an Ebola press conference at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 6, 2014.
Texas Sen. Charles Schwertner, Dr. Brett Giroir and Gov. Rick Perry at an Ebola press conference at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 6, 2014.

Giroir Prepping State for Ebola or Next Virus

Though Texas has weathered its first Ebola crisis, the virus is expected to return, said the new head of a state task force on infectious diseases. Brett Giroir, the CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, is calling upon his unique background to prepare the state for when that happens.

University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.
University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.

UT Looking to Make More of Massive Online Courses

At the University of Texas System, particularly at its flagship campus, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined. University leaders believe the change in focus for the courses will help them be more effective at meeting their goals.

Texas Sen. Dr. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Monday announcing creation of a Texas infectious disease task force.
Texas Sen. Dr. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Monday announcing creation of a Texas infectious disease task force.

Perry Says Feds Should Screen for Ebola

Gov. Rick Perry is calling on the federal government to screen people for Ebola and set up "quarantine stations" at U.S. points of entry. Saying "there were mistakes made" in the handling of the first U.S. Ebola patient, Perry also announced the creation of a state task force to better prepare for infectious disease outbreaks. 

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University

A&M System Launches Think Tank With Eye on State Policy

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.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Analysis: Culture Shock and UT's New Hires

A common thread is evident in the latest hires at the University of Texas System and at its flagship: The new leaders, like incoming Chancellor Bill McRaven and football coach Charlie Strong are disciplined and accustomed to enforcing their rules. Regents turn now to their search for a new president at the flagship.

Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Phil Wilson gets a ride in a Google self-driving car on Feb. 19, 2013, in front of the Hilton Austin.
Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Phil Wilson gets a ride in a Google self-driving car on Feb. 19, 2013, in front of the Hilton Austin.

TxDOT Plans to Research Futuristic Tech

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to partner with universities to research futuristic technologies like self-driving cars, hover cars and embedding solar panels in roads.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

In McRaven or Fisher, a New Kind of UT Chancellor

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.  

 

Bruce Zimmerman, the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of the University of Texas Investment Management Company
Bruce Zimmerman, the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of the University of Texas Investment Management Company

Bruce Zimmerman: The TT Interview

The CEO of the University of Texas Investment Management Company, which oversees investments for the UT and A&M systems, on the nonprofit company's investments, its gold bullion holdings and his concerns about the future.