Campus Historical Displays Task Force

Background

On January 25, 2021, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents (BoR) approved actions recommended by the Office of the President, including $24.75 million additional investment in serving our land grant mission in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Actions were informed by the report of the Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Interim president John L. Junkins announced activities and leaders charged with forming teams and beginning work on the approved actions immediately.

Alignment

The Campus Historical Displays Task Force aligns with BoR-approved action 7 in the table below.

Leadership Assignments

Charge

This team is charged with accurately and fully telling the story of Texas A&M through its heritage assets (i.e., buildings; open spaces and view corridors; monuments, statues, and busts; and other types of displays and iconography).

The task force will consider:

  • Using the complete campus as the canvas to tell the story of Texas A&M University.
  • Designing specific spaces designated to recognize historical figures, for example, reimagining Academic Plaza and/or identifying other additional spaces for recognition.
  • Focusing on the development of conceptual plans in response to the first two bullets on or before March 26, 2021.

Team Membership 

  • Jorge Vanegas, Dean of the College of Architecture (Co-lead)
  • Lilia Gonzales ‘94, University Architect (Co-lead)
  • Nidhi Nagireddy ’23, Current Student, Company E-2 and Vice President of University Committees
  • Erica Pauls ’21, Matthew Gaines Initiative, Student Rep
  • Aketch Osamba ’21, Matthew Gaines Initiative, Student Rep
  • Shelley Holliday ’99, Faculty Senate, College of Architecture (COA), Faculty Rep
  • Kristina Ballard, Chairperson, University Staff Council (USC), Staff Rep
  • David Chapman ‘67, Retired Staff, TAMU Archivist, CDEI Rep
  • Adrian Cornelius ’93, TAMU Black Former Student Network (AFS), CDEI Rep
  • Jim Singleton ’66, College of Architecture (COA) & Athlete, Former Student

Ad Hoc Special Advisor for Development: Dr. Jason Penry, Assistant Vice President, Texas A&M Foundation (TAMF) 

Timeline

Provide an outline to the Office of the President regarding planned activities, timeline, milestones, goals for impact, with design concepts by March 26, 2021.