Texas A&M University System

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The Texas A&M University System
Texas A&M University System seal.png
Established 1948[1]
Type State university system
Endowment $12.7 billion (Systemwide)[2]
Chancellor John Sharp
Students 143,000[3]
Website tamus.edu
Texas A&M University System institutions

The Texas A&M University System is a state university system in Texas and is one of the state's six independent university systems.

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 faculty and staff, the A&M System has a physical presence in 250 of the state’s 254 counties and a programmatic presence in every one. In 2012, externally funded research expenditures exceeded $783 million.

The System's flagship institution is Texas A&M University.

Component institutions[edit]

The oldest institution and founding member of the A&M System is Texas A&M University, established in 1876. Many of the member universities and agencies joined the A&M System decades after being established. Its flagship institution is Texas A&M University. The institution now named The University of Texas at Arlington was a member from 1917 to 1965. [4]

University Location
Founded  ! Carnegie Classification Enrollment Joined
Nickname Athletic
Texas A&M University (Flagship)[3] College Station, Texas
1876 Doctoral/Research University 62,185 1876 Aggies SEC
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas
1947 Master's University 10,510 1989 Islanders Southland
Texas A&M University–San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
2009 Master's University 4,000 2000 Jaguars n/a
Texas A&M University–Kingsville Kingsville, Texas
1925 Doctoral/Research University 8,067 1989 Javelinas Lone Star
Tarleton State University Stephenville, Texas
1899 Master's University 10,500 1917 Texans (men's)
TexAnns (women's)
Lone Star
Texas A&M International University Laredo, Texas
1969 Doctoral/Research university 7,037 1989 Dustdevils Heartland
West Texas A&M University Canyon, Texas
(Amarillo MSA - 236,113)
1910 Master's University 7,843 1990 Buffaloes Lone Star
Texas A&M University–Central Texas Killeen, Texas
2009 Master's University 2,173 1999 Warriors
(no athletics)
Texas A&M University–Texarkana Texarkana, Texas
1971 Master's University 1,950 1996 Eagles
(no athletics)
Texas A&M University–Commerce Commerce, Texas
1889 Doctoral/Research University 12,000 1996 Lions Lone Star
Prairie View A&M University (HBCU) Prairie View, Texas
1876 Master's University 8,608 1876 Panthers SWAC
Texas A&M University at Qatar Education City 2003 Master's University 543 2003


With a direct presence in all 254 Texas counties, A&M System agencies offer research and service to the state's citizens. The agencies focused on addressing and improving the social, economic, educational, health and environmental conditions of Texans.

Health Science Center[edit]

Established in 1999, the HSC reaches across all parts of Texas through its six components: Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry at Dallas; the College of Medicine at College Station and Temple; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Dallas, College Station and Houston; the Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston; the School of Rural Public Health at College Station; and the latest addition, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy at Kingsville. Southern regions of the state also are further served by the Coastal Bend Health Education Center, which covers the 19-county region surrounding Corpus Christi and Kingsville, and the South Texas Center at McAllen.

The HSC received full accreditation in December 2002 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees. Its components are accredited by accrediting organizations specific to their areas.

The Health Science Center in 2013 was merged into Texas A&M University proper and is no longer an independent institution.

Academic units[edit]

Regional centers[edit]

Governance and administration[edit]

The System is governed by a nine member Board of Regents. Each member is appointed by the Governor of Texas for a six-year term and the terms overlap (all terms end on February 1 in odd-numbered years and in those years 1/3 of the regents' terms expire, though a regent can be nominated for another subsequent term).

In addition, a tenth "student regent" (non-voting member) is appointed by the Governor for a one-year term.

The responsibilities of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents are to:

  • Oversee the administration and set policy direction for the System’s 11 universities, seven state agencies and health science center;
  • Ensure a quality undergraduate and graduate education experience for all students;
  • Promote academic research and technology to benefit the state of Texas and the nation;
  • Disseminate programs of the A&M System across the state through outreach and public service efforts; and
  • Support the state legislative and higher education leadership to position Texas at the forefront of higher education nationally.

Current Members on the Board of Regents[5]

  • Phil Adams, Chairman[6]
  • Cliff Tomas, Vice Chairman[7]
  • Robert L. "Bob" Albritton
  • Anthony G. Buzbee[8]
  • Morris E. Foster[9]
  • William "Bill" Mahomes, Jr.
  • Elaine Mendoza[10]
  • Judy Morgan[11]
  • Charles W. Schwartz[12]
  • Colton L. Buckley (Student Regent)[13]

In addition to the Board of Regents, System governance is also assisted by the System Executive Committee. The Texas A&M University System Executive Committee provides the chancellor with assessment, advice and recommendations on issues within the A&M System and the System Offices. The 14-member committee may also aid the Board of Regents in implementing and overseeing strategic plans and policies as they relate to the system.

Current Members on the Executive Committee[14]

  • John Sharp, Chancellor[15]
  • Billy Hamilton, Executive Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer[16]
  • Jon Mogford, Vice Chancellor for Research[17]
  • Ray Bonilla, General Counsel[18]
  • James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs[19]
  • Maria L. Robinson, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer[20]
  • Phillip Ray, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs[21]
  • Catherine A. Smock, Chief Auditor[22]
  • Mark Stone, Chief Information Officer[23]
  • Tommy Williams, Vice Chancellor for Federal and State Relations[24]
  • Stanton C. Calvert, Vice Chancellor Emeritus
  • Frank Ashley, Vice Chancellor Emeritus


  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". The Texas A&M University System.
  2. ^ As of February 14, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Texas A&M University Enrollment Profile: Fall 2014" (PDF). Texas A&M University. pp. i. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.uta.edu/uta/about/traditions/history
  5. ^ "Biographies". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Phil Adams". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cliff Thomas". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Anthony G. Buzbee". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Morris E. Foster". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Elaine Mendoza". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Judy Morgan". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Charles W. Schwartz". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Colton L. Buckley". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Executive Committee". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "About". John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Vice Chancellor for Research". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "General Counsel". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Treasurer". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Chief Auditor". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Chief Information Officer". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Vice Chancellor for Federal and State Relations". tamus.edu. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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