Messages from the Office of the President
January 19, 2021
January 15, 2021
January 1, 2021
Messages from Michael K. Young: President 2015-2020
December 18, 2020
November 30, 2020
November 27, 2020
November 24, 2020
November 23, 2020
We are pleased to inform the campus community that Dr. Annie S. McGowan has been named interim vice president and associate provost for diversity at Texas A&M University effective Dec. 1. She brings to the Office for Diversity noteworthy leadership experience.
November 20, 2020
While "gratitude" may not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of 2020, it is one I have been thinking about a lot, especially as we approach Thanksgiving.
Thank you, and to each and all of you, a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!
November 17, 2020
I am pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new way to generate support for schools, departments and organizations at Texas A&M. The Spirit of Giving is a crowdfunding effort that will increase the opportunities for deans, administrators and student leaders to raise essential funds for special projects, programs and initiatives.
November 11, 2020
A century ago, our nation marked the first anniversary of the announcement of Armistice Day, which we know today as Veterans Day. In small towns and large cities, Americans joined together to commemorate the moment when the Allies signed the historic agreement that brought an end to "the Great War."
October 27, 2020
In America, voting is a right and a privilege. Democracy works best if we all participate in the process.
October 9, 2020
At Texas A&M, we have many faculty members with impressive CVs, filled with long lists of impressive accomplishments. Some of their innovations and advances are so extraordinary that we could truly call them works of genius. However, at the moment there is only one professor at our university who can claim that he has officially been recognized with a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
October 8, 2020
Week 8. You did it! This week is officially the halfway point in the semester and our campuses remain open and operational, with in-person and remote classes.
September 28, 2020
September 17, 2020
September 15, 2020
September 2, 2020
August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020
August 7, 2020
July 13, 2020
Today we announced the membership and charge of a comprehensive Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as indicated in a recent message to the Aggie community accompanying a list of other specific actions underway to contribute to the climate at Texas A&M and combat racism.
July 7, 2020
June 25, 2020
June 23, 2020
June 17, 2020
June 15, 2020
I, along with my leadership team, have worked hard over the past few years to address so many of the challenges our campus and our community have experienced with regard to racism. But we know it is not enough and never has that been more clear than at this moment.
June 11, 2020
Our leadership team is aware of heart-wrenching stories posted by Aggies who have experienced racism first-hand on our campus. Your stories are painful but important for us to read and, of course, we know that they are much more painful for you to experience and share.
June 9, 2020
June 1, 2020
May 29, 2020
August In-Person Commencements Postponed; Virtual Graduation Celebrations and Conferral of Degrees Planned
May 29, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 5, 2020
May 4, 2020
April 30, 2020
As the semester draws to a close, I cannot thank you enough for your flexibility and resilience, especially over the past six weeks. Just thinking about how you – the largest student body in the nation – rapidly responded to so many changes is both humbling and awe-inspiring.
April 20, 2020
During this extraordinary moment for our university, we are dedicated to continuing our most sacred and solemn tradition. Throughout the university’s history, Muster has been an important way to remember and revere the lives of every individual by holding them in our collective memories.
April 13, 2020
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.