Tribpedia: Texas A&M University System

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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 ...

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View from one of Capital Metro's 1M northbound busses at the intersection of 4th and Congress in Austin.
View from one of Capital Metro's 1M northbound busses at the intersection of 4th and Congress in Austin.

In Austin, Toll Lanes May Give Bus Service a Boost

In Austin, transportation planners are hopeful that a toll project on MoPac Boulevard will eventually help increase ridership on city buses, which will be able to use the new tolled lanes for free. With the practice of "dynamic tolling," tolls will be constantly adjusted to keep traffic flowing, and buses using the lanes could cut some time off their routes.

Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.
Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.

Biosecurity Leader to Head A&M Health Science Center

After landing a major federal contract as Texas A&M University System’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, Brett Giroir is being named interim executive vice president for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Gov. Rick Perry, r, with Presidents Dr. Juliet Garcia and Dr. Robert Nelsen at the ceremony at the former UT-Pan Am in Edinburg, TX on July 16, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry, r, with Presidents Dr. Juliet Garcia and Dr. Robert Nelsen at the ceremony at the former UT-Pan Am in Edinburg, TX on July 16, 2013.

In the Valley, Perry Signs South Texas University Bill

In two emotional events Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed a bill that will  create a new university in the Rio Grande Valley. He also addressed demands to add bonds for campus construction to the call.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi engineering student Adam Ersepke and lab coordinator Jack Edward Esparza prepare for the take off of  the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, for a test flight over the Kennedy Ranch near Sarita, Texas on January 18, 2013.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi engineering student Adam Ersepke and lab coordinator Jack Edward Esparza prepare for the take off of the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, for a test flight over the Kennedy Ranch near Sarita, Texas on January 18, 2013.

University Looks to Land Spot in Drone Program

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, with the support of the governor's office, is applying to the FAA to become part of a program that aims to significantly expand the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. But some property owners and local governments have raised questions about the program, citing privacy and safety concerns.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, l, and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp at TribLive on March 28, 2013.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, l, and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp at TribLive on March 28, 2013.

TribLive: A Conversation with Cigarroa and Sharp

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/.

Is Perry-Powers Tension About College Rivalry, Policy?

The undercurrents of the bickering between Gov. Rick Perry's administration and UT-Austin President Bill Powers offer a gold mine for the conspiratorial set, with fuel for every obsession: politics, deep school rivalries, policy and governance. If the squabbles are based on personality alone, they'll be over when the names change. 

 

Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.
Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.

New Vaccine Facility in Bryan-College Station Approved

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.

Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013
Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013

At A&M, Sharp Charts Smooth Course for Major Changes

Halfway through his first legislative session as chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, and after a year and a half on the job, the benefits of John Sharp’s political savvy are on full display. He is shepherding A&M through a far smoother session than its chief rival, the University of Texas System.

Dr. Juliet García, president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American
Dr. Juliet García, president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American

Will the New Year Bring a New University to the Valley?

There is a significant amount of excitement in the Rio Grande Valley about a proposal to combine the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas-Pan American to create a new university that would include a medical school. But to become a reality, the plan must be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature.

Resident physician Derly Hinojosa talks to Valley Baptist Medical Center patient Norma Linda Garcia during his group's rounds.
Resident physician Derly Hinojosa talks to Valley Baptist Medical Center patient Norma Linda Garcia during his group's rounds.

For South Texas, No Easy Road to Medical School

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.