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 ...

A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.
A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.

Despite New Law, Algebra II Still a College Requirement

Though a new law removes algebra II as a core requirement for a high school diploma, many Texas universities say they have no plans to change their admissions standards to drop the advanced math course. Instead, higher education officials say many schools will continue raising the bar for new applicants.

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.
Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.

Analysis: College Resignations Pose a Question: Legacy or Change?

Job openings atop the state's big universities give regents and Rick Perry, the lame-duck governor who appointed them, a chance to extend his legacy — to name replacements who would continue his policies and politics when he's gone — or to set the stage for his successor.

John L. Junkins, distinguished professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and the founding director of its Institute for Advanced Study, talks at a meeting in the the Hagler Center on campus.
John L. Junkins, distinguished professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and the founding director of its Institute for Advanced Study, talks at a meeting in the the Hagler Center on campus.

Texas A&M University Expands Emerging "Genius Corps"

Nine internationally renowned researchers from various fields will be welcomed on Friday as fellows of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study, part of a group that administrators have nicknamed the Genius Corps. The idea has been backed by professor John Junkins since 1999 but only recently took off.

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

A&M Partners With IBM to Enhance Computing

In an effort to bring the Texas A&M University System's supercomputing capabilities — which A&M Chancellor John Sharp called "woefully inadequate" — up to speed, the system has announced a new partnership with IBM.

Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life convention.
Gov. Rick Perry addresses the National Right to Life convention.

For Perry's Administration, the End is Beginning

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.

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University

Hussey Named Interim President of Texas A&M University

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.

In College Station, Another Fight Over a President

The big shots at Texas A&M University ought to be relaxing and enjoying this week's battles over UT-Austin's football coach and president, but they're stuck in a political fight of their own — pitting their chancellor’s choice for an interim president against the governor’s choice, with their regents caught in the middle.

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Texas A&M University

Texas A&M Regents to Name Interim President on Saturday

The Texas A&M University  System Board of Regents will meet Saturday to name the interim president of Texas A&M University, whose current president is departing to become chancellor of the University of Missouri. One name under consideration is A&M Vice Chancellor Guy Diedrich; sources said he has the support of Gov. Rick Perry

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.

R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University, at TribLive on April 28, 2011.
R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University, at TribLive on April 28, 2011.

Loftin: Desire to Teach Fueled Decision to Step Down

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.

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.

A vehicle near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco.
A vehicle near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco.

After West, First Responders Scholarship Fund Announced

Inspired by the efforts of first responders during the recent bombing in Boston and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, the College Board on Wednesday announced the creation of a First Responders Scholarship Fund.

 

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/.