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 28,000 ...

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/.

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.

Perry: Let South Texas Access Permanent University Fund

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In his State of the State address, Gov. Rick Perry called on lawmakers to vote in favor of giving South Texas access to the Permanent University Fund, a substantial pot of money that only certain universities in the University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System are granted access to by the Texas Constitution.

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.

Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and Rice University
Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and Rice University

Texas Universities Score Well on Unconventional Ranking

According to Washington Monthly's new college rankings, which uses unconventional methodology, Texas A&M University is the country's second-best institution. And the next best school from Texas? The University of Texas at El Paso.

Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.
Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.

Texas A&M Dean, on Leave, Arrested in Hit-and-Run

According to news reports, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, on leave from his position as dean of Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, is facing charges for drunken driving and a hit and run incident in Spokane, Washington.

Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.

Ubiquitous Aggies

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The A&M System regents are expected to approve a resolution that will add “Texas A&M” to the name of each institution it oversees. The change is part of a massive rebranding effort, which is just one of many major changes Chancellor John Sharp has announced as he approaches his one-year anniversary on the job.

At Reveal, a camp in Bryan sponsored by Texas Right to Life, teenagers learn to become effective anti-abortion activists.
At Reveal, a camp in Bryan sponsored by Texas Right to Life, teenagers learn to become effective anti-abortion activists.

Summer Camp Focuses on Fight Against Abortion

A two-week summer camp outside of Bryan helps high school students learn how to become effective anti-abortion advocates. Counselors teach campers to adopt a gentler, compassion-based form of persuasion. "They all have a passion; that's why they are here," one counselor said.