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 ...

Sandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.
Sandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.

Waller County DA: Bland's Death Won't Be "Swept Under the Rug"

As Waller County authorities vowed on Friday to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged at the county jail, the Texas Department of Public Safety moved forward on a separate inquiry into how arrest procedures were violated in the case.

Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who leads Gov. Rick Perry's legal team, explains the felony indictments on August 18, 2014.
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who leads Gov. Rick Perry's legal team, explains the felony indictments on August 18, 2014.

Tony Buzbee Wanted Top A&M Regents Post

Tony Buzbee, the Texas A&M University System regent who oversees former Gov. Rick Perry's dream team of criminal defense lawyers, asked the office of Gov. Greg Abbott a few months ago to consider him for chairman or vice chairman of the university system's governing board. It's another revelation from a treasure trove of emails obtained from Abbott's office.

Bill Mahomes in his office at Mahomes & Bolden PC in Dallas. Mahomes was the first black cadet to make it through the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and is now a member of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents.
Bill Mahomes in his office at Mahomes & Bolden PC in Dallas. Mahomes was the first black cadet to make it through the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and is now a member of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents.

Decades After Racial Strife, Returning to Texas A&M

Forty-five years ago, Bill Mahomes endured suspicion and scorn as the first black student to graduate from Texas A&M University's Corps of Cadets. Now, he helps run the school. But it took him two decades to reconnect with his university — one he kept his distance from after attending during the painful civil rights era. 

Dr. Brett Giroir, director of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, speaks during the panel's first public hearing on Oct. 23. At left is Dr. Kyle Janek and at right is Dr. David Lakey.
Dr. Brett Giroir, director of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, speaks during the panel's first public hearing on Oct. 23. At left is Dr. Kyle Janek and at right is Dr. David Lakey.

A&M Health Science Center CEO "Heartbroken" Over Exit

Brett Giroir, the prominent leader of the Texas A&M Health Science Center who chaired a state task force on Ebola last year, said Monday that he was told by A&M officials to resign or face termination.

Video: Sharp on Hazlewood

At our 5/7 conversation, John Sharp, the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, discussed the gap between the cost of educating veterans and their kin under the Hazlewood law and what the Legislature has appropriated.

Michael K. Young, former president of the University of Washington, arrived Friday to take over as president of Texas A&M University.
Michael K. Young, former president of the University of Washington, arrived Friday to take over as president of Texas A&M University.

A&M's New President Says No "Bloodletting"

On his first day, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young lauded the school's students and faculty, and said he is thrilled to be in College Station. And, of course, Young had to answer questions about football.

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

To What Degree Should Regents Get Involved?

Texas law isn't specific about how Texas public university system regents should do their jobs. So regents are largely left to interpret their roles themselves. With some taking a more hands-on approach, a growing circle of people has debated whether there should be more clarification on what regents can do.

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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