Messages from the President
April 1, 2020
In recent weeks, our news feeds have been dominated by stories about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Behind the scenes at Texas A&M, many other stories are unfolding.
These are the stories of hope and healing, of triumph over tragedy, of great compassion and selfless service. They are stories of faculty and staff who have risen to the occasion, of scholars and researchers creating innovations - sometimes by the hour - to meet emerging needs, of students who serve, of leading experts providing essential advice, of Aggies going above and beyond the call of duty.
Today we launch a new site, Texas A&M Responds: COVID-19, created to house these exceptional stories in one place, to include some featured globally. Many more stories will be added here.
March 26, 2020
As loyal members of the Texas A&M community, I wanted you to have the latest information about our response to the coronavirus situation, which you can find in great detail at the Central TAMU COVID-19 site.
March 25, 2020
March 24, 2020
Dear A&M Community,
Please see this attached message as leaders from across the university join me in relaying the importance of living our core value of respect in person and online now more than ever.
March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020
March 23, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Abbott held a news conference to brief on measures that he and other state leaders are taking to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including not leaving home unless necessary. He did not order a state-wide shelter in place of residence to allow counties the option to do so on a county-by-county basis.
Given that Dallas and McLennan Counties have announced their own shelter in place of residence orders, and others may follow suit very soon, all students may want to consider returning to their family home residences.
March 23, 2020
I would like to express my tremendous gratitude to everyone helping us mobilize the entire university in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a matter of days, your heroic efforts have helped us fundamentally change everything we do – from educating our students, to conducting research, to maintaining essential business operations.
March 19, 2020
February 10, 2020
January 13, 2020
December 10, 2019
As a valued member of the Texas A&M community, I want to inform you about a change in policy that will be taking place on our campus in the New Year. To make our university a better environment for everyone, beginning on January 1, 2020, we will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.
November 11, 2019
November 8, 2019
October 10, 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended the State of the University Address. It was wonderful to see so many students, faculty and staff there to celebrate our many accomplishments over the past year.
September 25, 2019
Last week, during a trip to San Diego, I looked down from the deck of the JOIDES Resolution and was reminded that an incredible treasure trove of our research and discovery is conducted deep below the surface.
September 10, 2019
August 26, 2019
July 3, 2019
I appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to speak with faculty, as their experiences and insights are so valuable. I always learn something. As July Fourth approaches, I asked our outstanding Professor of Communication Jennifer Mercieca, a world-renowned expert in political rhetoric, to give us her take on this quintessential American holiday.
July 1, 2019
It saddens me to address our Texas A&M University community about racist remarks made by two students in a 37-second social media video that went viral over the weekend. This behavior is abhorrent and against the core values that we share and to which we aspire in all we do, including those of respect, excellence and integrity.
June 19, 2019
May 6, 2019
April 30, 2019
April 23, 2019
April 22, 2019
April 19, 2019
April 18, 2019
Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young has released the following statement regarding Director of Athletics Scott Woodward:
March 28, 2019
I am delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2019 President's Meritorious Service Awards have been selected. These awards recognize and award staff for their commendable service to Texas A&M.
March 20, 2019
March 7, 2019
Texas A&M is returning to the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) March 10-13 to showcase our remarkable research, innovations and thought leadership on a global stage.
February 14, 2019
February 11, 2019
February 1, 2019
Our university suffered a loss last week with the passing of scholar, author and renowned Aggie historian Henry Clay Dethloff, a professor emeritus of history at Texas A&M who literally wrote the book (among many works) on our institution – A Centennial History of Texas A&M University: 1876-1976.
January 31, 2019
Last summer we heard from many inside and outside of the Aggie family about the issue of sexual assault on our campus. In response, I ordered two reviews – one internal and one external – to examine our existing processes and policies and to research examples of evidence-based practices. On August 20, 2018, we announced a set of approved actions, including eleven actions put into immediate effect, and four areas of continued work related to enhancing our Title IX (TIX) investigations.
I would like to provide you with a status update, nearly six months on, regarding the announced actions and areas of study and continued work.
January 22, 2019
This month, we were very pleased to see that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) awarded Texas A&M its highest rating for free speech, making ours one of only 45 universities nationwide — and the only in Texas — to achieve such a designation. FIRE's "green light" status means the organization has determined our written policies fully align with the First Amendment.
January 15, 2019
December 12, 2018
December 7, 2018
December 1, 2018
November 5, 2018
It is my great honor and pleasure to write to you today in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Aggie War Hymn, one of Texas A&M's most valued and well-known traditions.
This week you will hear the Albritton bell tower play the song every day at noon.
October 5, 2018
Thank you to all those who were able to attend yesterday’s State of the University Address. It was a pleasure to see so many Texas A&M students, faculty and staff there to celebrate the many successes of our great institution.
September 30, 2018
September 19, 2018
August 27, 2018
August 27, 2018
August 27, 2018
August 20, 2018
July 24, 2018
This month, Marti and I, along with a group of Aggies, had the distinct honor of placing U.S. and Texas A&M flags upon the graves of 15 Aggies buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, as well as flags for three Aggies listed on the Wall of the Missing. It was my first trip to that cemetery and it truly was a life-changing experience.
July 2, 2018
June 21, 2018
I would like to update you on actions taken since last week’s announcement regarding two comprehensive reviews – one by an internal task force and another separately by an external third-party – related to sexual assault cases reported on our campus.
June 15, 2018
The safety and security of students at Texas A&M is our number one priority. As many of you are aware, the serious issue of sexual assault involving college students has intensified in recent online discussions, highlighting a problem that plagues universities across our country and here on campus as well.
June 8, 2018
May 2, 2018
It is my pleasure to congratulate all Aggies who have completed the academic year, especially our spring graduates. Your hard work and dedication during your college career has come to fruition.
April 27, 2018
April 19, 2018
Muster is one of Texas A&M’s most solemn traditions and as we approach the event this weekend, I am moved to share with you just how proud I am to be a part of the university community.
April 18, 2018
Aggies have heavy hearts at the passing of Barbara Bush.
By any standard, Mrs. Bush was a role model, dedicated to the betterment of our nation through public service, along with her husband, George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States.
April 5, 2018
Staff Appreciation week is around the corner, April 23-28, with daily events. Marti and I invite you to join in the festivities and we look forward to visiting with you!
April 4, 2018
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I invite you to learn more about Texas A&M's award-winning program, Step In Stand Up so you can join in our efforts to prevent sexual violence and support survivors.
March 28, 2018
I am pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the President's Meritorious Service Awards. This prestigious award recognizes the extraordinary work and dedication of Texas A&M staff members. Please join me in congratulating these superb employees for their outstanding service to our university!
March 1, 2018
February 27, 2018
As you may have seen, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced today that the first football game for Texas A&M will take place on August 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Kyle Field against Northwestern State.
February 15, 2018
January 23, 2018
The spring semester is under way and it is wonderful to see you back on campus ready to learn, explore and enjoy all our great university has to offer.
This spring at Texas A&M means many exciting events, opportunities and new places to visit on campus.
December 21, 2017
December 15, 2017
One of the core missions of our great university is service to the state of Texas. Three months following Hurricane Harvey, there are still many people struggling to recover. We want students and their families in this situation to have renewed hope for the future, including the option of attending a world-class university like Texas A&M.
December 14, 2017
As the day of your graduation approaches, I would like to personally congratulate you on obtaining your degree from one of the nation's finest institutions. What an outstanding accomplishment and one of which you should be so proud.
November 17, 2017
I ask all Texas A&M University students, faculty, staff to pause and remember the 12 fallen Aggies who lost their lives 18 years ago on Nov. 18 at 2:42 a.m. in the collapse of the Aggie Bonfire.
November 16, 2017
For several weeks, Texas A&M has engaged with members of Congress and their staff regarding the effects of the proposed tax legislation.
November 10, 2017
On this Veterans Day on behalf of the entire Aggie community, I want to recognize all of our current and former veteran students, faculty and staff, as well as all of our nation’s veterans, for their service to our nation.
October 26, 2017
October 23, 2017
What a wonderful honor it was this weekend to help host all five living former U.S. Presidents Carter, Bush 41, Bush 43, Clinton and Obama here in College Station for the One America Appeal concert to raise money for hurricane victims. I am so proud of the staff throughout campus who worked tirelessly in support of this historic event and am proud of the unity, love and selfless service that the event represented in general.
October 16, 2017
I am eager to share exciting news with you all. Dr. Carrie L. Byington has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
October 2, 2017
We have been able to assist more than 175 Aggies to date through the University Disaster Relief Fund and are so grateful to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Commissioner Greg Sankey’s leadership for providing initial funding, as well as many of you who responded with donations. As mentioned, these are one-time payments to assist with the cost of books, food or clothing.
September 18, 2017
Thank you to many of you who have stepped in to help our students and employees facing hardship from Hurricane Harvey. Your contributions – in addition to help from our friends at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) – are being processed quickly to get funds into the hands of those who need it. We were able to distribute funds over the weekend.
September 8, 2017
We are announcing a student and employee disaster relief fund to help with small-but-essential, one-time immediate needs. We are calling on the power of the Aggie Network to assist by contributing to the fund to help fellow Aggies.
September 6, 2017
The announcement yesterday by the U.S. Attorney General on plans to rescind the executive order for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) unless Congress acts to pass the legislation has generated a number of questions among our students, faculty, staff, former students and community.
September 4, 2017
Texas A&M University is committed to providing equal opportunity and access to the programs, services and employment offered through our university. A top priority of this administration is to create an environment which supports diversity campus wide and increases awareness of the globally connected world in which we live for faculty, staff and students.
August 31, 2017
As the citizens of Texas continue to deal with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, I speak on behalf of the entire Aggie community that our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this devastating storm.
August 30, 2017
It is a great relief to see you all returning to campus and my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
August 30, 2017
On behalf of everyone here, we are delighted – and relieved – to welcome you to campus for the first day of classes! My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I am so very proud of how so many of you are responding to this disaster, from heroic efforts to save lives, to being kind to our visiting students evacuated from our Galveston campus, to joining together in groups to fulfill our wonderful core value of selfless service.
August 30, 2017
It is a great relief to see you all returning to campus, and some faculty arriving to campus for the first time! My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
July 26, 2017
At Texas A&M, our mission is to provide students with the highest quality programs and transformative experiences inside and outside of the classroom in order to prepare each individual for roles of responsibility in service to society. We have outstanding faculty and staff who mentor and support our students in this regard and a student body that demonstrates a firm commitment to discovery, innovation and service. It is an honor to witness this daily.
June 21, 2017
Texas A&M University plans to launch a new initiative this fall: the School of Innovation, or “I-School” to further enhance the transformative learning, discovery and impacts of our efforts in creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation across our University. Dean Andrew Morriss of the Texas A&M School of Law has agreed to lead the initiative.
June 19, 2017
We are pleased to announce, based on the recommendation of the search advisory committee, feedback from faculty and staff who participated in the search process and personal evaluation, Dr. Carol A. Fierke, a noted scholar and academic leader from the University of Michigan, has been recommended to the Board of Regents to be named provost and executive vice president at Texas A&M University. The Board will meet in a telephonic meeting later today to discuss this recommendation and other items.
June 2, 2017
This was an exciting week as we formalized a partnership at Fort Hood with the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center for our College of Medicine students. Beginning in the fall, students will have the opportunity to engage in clinical rotations onsite at a state-of-the-art facility opened just last year and learn from physicians who treat soldiers, veterans and their families.
May 17, 2017
I want to affirm my career-long, unwavering support for academic freedom, an essential element to enhance understanding and allow us to come to a closer approximation to the truth.
May 10, 2017
I am writing you tonight with a message that may seem ill-timed given our wonderful graduation ceremonies taking place this week. At the same time, this is a message about Aggies and that for which we stand. As such, I cannot think of a more appropriate time in many ways to write to you in this regard.
April 5, 2017
Real Aggies have been committed to protecting and looking out for each other for over 140 years. When we come together to accomplish something, we give it our all and we become a force for positive change. This spirit of togetherness has certainly been reflected in the significant growth of Step In. Stand Up, our sexual assault awareness and prevention campaign.
March 7, 2017
In support of faculty members who are rising stars in their fields and personify these commitments, President Young and Provost Watson have announced the inaugural class of Presidential Impact Fellows. Twenty-four faculty members from across Texas A&M University's 16 colleges and schools, two branch campuses and comprehensive University Libraries are being honored with this award.
February 21, 2017
You deserve to be thanked, and thanked profusely, every day for the work that you do on behalf of this great university. Together with the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, the University Staff Council, SSC Services for Education and Chartwells, I invite you to attend Staff Appreciation Week.
February 2, 2017
I am delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2016-2017 President’s Meritorious Service Awards have been selected. As you may recall, a nomination period was held this fall. From the nominations submitted, an anonymous committee, comprised of representatives from across campus, had the difficult task of selecting the award winners from an extraordinary group of nominees. Many thanks to this dedicated committee for their service.
January 30, 2017
Texas A&M University for decades has welcomed students, faculty and staff from countries around the globe. This is a core tenet of who we are and has enhanced our academic excellence immeasurably. The recent news of a travel ban issued by the White House regarding seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen - has understandably ignited concerns within our university community.
January 25, 2017
I am excited to announce that Texas A&M University will be featured through strategic, multidisciplinary programming at South By Southwest (SXSW), March 10 - 15 in Austin, Texas.
January 18, 2017
For Texas A&M, 2017 is not about changing who we are. Our responsibility to uphold the institution’s core values remains unwavering. Our mission of selfless service is stronger than ever, ensuring that our founding land-grant heritage remains inextricably part of who we are. And our quest for excellence, fueled by an unparalleled commitment to transformational learning, discovery and innovation, continues to uplift this world-class institution for the benefit of people in Texas and beyond.
January 10, 2017
I wish to thank Dr. Mark Hussey for his years of leadership as Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which included a period as Interim President of the University, following his announcement that he will not seek a third term and will transition to the faculty. He will remain in his current roles as we launch a national search for his successor.
December 16, 2016
Last week, the entire university came together to send a message to the world that put into words and actions the feelings that we share, and did so in a manner better than any few sentences that I could write here.
December 6, 2016
Your support of each other has captured the national narrative today and placed hate speech firmly in our shadow. Look forward to seeing you tonight at the Aggies United event at 6 p.m.
November 29, 2016
In recent days, there has been a significant outpouring of concern by members of the Aggie community and beyond regarding an individual scheduled to speak on campus next week. Students, faculty, staff, former students and members of the community expressed their outrage over the speaker's previously-expressed views and have roundly condemned everything for which he seems to stand.
I strongly agree with those sentiments. I find the views of the organizer - and the speaker he is apparently sponsoring - abhorrent and profoundly antithetical to everything I believe. In my judgment, those views simply have no place in civilized dialogue and conversation.
November 16, 2016
Some of you have expressed concern about protection of students regardless of race, religious preferences, sexual orientation, and/or immigration status in light of the recent election. We want to take the opportunity to reiterate that one of our mandates has been and continues to be just that – to facilitate a supportive, secure learning environment where a diverse student body, faculty and staff can work optimally towards their pursuit of world class education and research in preparing students for their future.
November 11, 2016
From a personal perspective, the immense respect I have for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces stems not only from the extraordinary acts of heroism they demonstrate and the many sacrifices they make, but also from my own experiences as a child whose mother served as a World War II bomber pilot and whose father fought in the Battle of the Bulge. I am also the proud father of children who currently serve our country as members of the Air Force.