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Messages from the Office of the President

M. Katherine Banks, President

Action items from Faculty Senate meeting

September 14, 2021
I would like to thank the Faculty Senate for inviting me and my leadership team to yesterday's first meeting of the fall semester.
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Taking a Cautious Approach

August 11, 2021

Since taking office as president on June 1, I have looked forward to Friday’s commencement ceremony. I am extremely disappointed to learn that I will not be able to attend in person to address the more than 2,000 graduates who have earned their degrees.

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Fall 2021 COVID-19 Management and Guidance Plans

August 5, 2021

Texas A&M University is scheduled to continue in-person classes at full capacity for the fall semester. Considering the continued infection rates in the nation and recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the university is asking the campus community to do its part by taking important steps to keep Aggieland healthy and safe.

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Statement On SEC Expansion

July 24, 2021

The last few days have been challenging in many ways, and I recognize that change in college athletics often is unsettling for those who love their institutions. Rest assured, the chancellor, our athletic director, and I, and everyone involved in this matter are focused solely on what is best for Texas A&M University. Since 2011, we have been a proud member of the best intercollegiate athletic conference in history and we look forward to continued success in our SEC partnership for many years to come.

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Reflecting On Service, Sacrifice This Fourth of July

July 2, 2021

Two hundred and forty-five years ago, our founders signed the Declaration of Independence. More than a defining moment in our history, it stands as a symbol of sacrifice.

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Finally, Juneteenth is a federal holiday

June 18, 2021

Texas A&M is proud to join the rest of the nation in finally proclaiming Juneteenth as a federal holiday. In doing so, we mark a moment in history and recommit ourselves to working together to create a brighter future.

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Texas A&M President M. Katherine Banks announces new university leadership team

June 3, 2021

Earlier this week, I announced that I am conducting a comprehensive review of the university’s operations with the goal of developing an administrative structure that is effective, efficient and flexible, while directing our valuable resources toward our mission: the success of our students, faculty and staff.

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Howdy From President Banks

June 1, 2021

First and foremost, it is with immense pride and enthusiasm that I begin my service as president of this great institution today. It is truly an honor to be part of something so respected and admired around the world.

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Messages from John L. Junkins

Interim President January - May 2021

Farewell Message from Interim President Junkins

May 27, 2021
As we prepare for new and exciting chapters in our university's history, let us work together to find common ground, pursuing important goals and moving together toward a bright future while doing our best to welcome and support President Banks.
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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 5, 2021
During this month, and throughout the year, I hope you will continue to acknowledge and express your gratitude for the many contributions of Asian Pacific Americans in our classrooms, our research laboratories and our university community. 
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Muster Returns To Campus With Virtual Option

April 21, 2021

The Association of Former Students will hold a reading of the 2021 Worldwide Roll Call for the Absent, and I hope you will find a way to join in commemoration with our students and former students, families and friends, across Texas and around the world.

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Distinguished Professor Karen Wooley Distinguishes Herself Once Again

April 16, 2021

This week we were thrilled to receive exciting news about a prominent member of our faculty. In the span of less than a week, Distinguished Professor Karen Wooley was awarded two prestigious honors from the Southeastern Conference - an SEC Faculty Achievement Award and the title of 2021 SEC Professor of the Year.

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The Home Stretch and Plans Ahead

April 8, 2021

Thank you for your continued resilience this spring as we move into the last part of the semester — the home stretch. Recent COVID-19 testing at the Bryan-College Station campus included more than 24,000 students and yielded a 2.1 percent positivity rate. Testing continues with Student Health Services doing a tremendous job administering tests and vaccines to faculty, staff and students.

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The Family Weekend Tradition Continues

April 7, 2021

For more than a century, it has been a longstanding tradition to welcome our treasured families back to Aggieland for Family Weekend. This event is always a wonderful way to express our gratitude to those who have raised and shaped our extraordinary students, and who comprise the extended Aggie Family.

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Congratulations to the 26th President of Texas A&M

March 31, 2021

 It’s official! Today The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents voted unanimously to name Dr. M. Katherine "Kathy" Banks as the 26th president of Texas A&M University.

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President's Meritorious Service Award Winners

March 30, 2021
I am delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2021 President's Meritorious Service Awards have been selected.
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The Big Event is Back

March 24, 2021

Last year, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Big Event was canceled. This year we are delighted to say it's officially back, with a few modifications.

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Supporting our Asian American Community

March 18, 2021
I want to share this poignant and important note from Dr. McGowan whose message in support of our Asian American students and community – and against hatred everywhere – is essential to who we are as Aggies. Thank you, Dr. McGowan. I join you in offering this message to all on behalf of Texas A&M.
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The Countdown to the First Virtual SXSW Has Begun

March 16, 2021
Nearly 60 years ago, I had the privilege of beginning my research career with an undergraduate internship at NASA. The early years of the historic Apollo program were a great learning experience for me and a great moment of advancement for our nation’s science and technology.
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Welcoming Our Graduates Back to Aggieland

March 11, 2021
I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to the nearly 18,000 Aggie graduates from 2020 whose achievements we are honoring at five ceremonies over the next three days.
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Dr. M. Katherine Banks Named Sole Finalist for A&M Presidency

March 3, 2021
Today I am very pleased to share the announcement from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents that Dr. M. Katherine “Kathy” Banks has been named the sole finalist to become the 26th president of Texas A&M University.
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'Lead by Example' A Remarkable Success

February 24, 2021

When the campaign was launched, we had high hopes of raising $4 billion. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the entire Aggie Network, we are very proud that we not only achieved our initial goal, but also surpassed our greatest expectations, raising a record of $4.25 billion.

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Thank You For Your Efforts During This Difficult Time

February 17, 2021
While weathering this unmerciful winter storm, I am so grateful to teams of people working around the clock to maintain operations on our flagship campuses and sites, and to individuals whose families we also thank for their sacrifices as their loved ones work serving the Aggie family and our community.
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Your Voice Matters

February 10, 2021
What is it like to learn and work at Texas A&M? Your answers on the 2021 Your Voice Matters survey will provide a great service to Texas A&M. Your valuable feedback will be crucial in developing programs and strategic plans for Texas A&M. The survey is running from Feb. 10- March 7. I ask you to take the 2021 survey by March 7, by visiting yourvoice.tamu.edu.
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A Major Research Milestone!

February 10, 2021
We are very proud to announce that Texas A&M has reached a major landmark in our research efforts. For the first time in the university's history, our research expenditures have surpassed $1 billion - a total of $1.131 billion in 2020 to be exact.
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Celebrating Black History Month

February 2, 2021
We are pleased to join people around the nation in observing and celebrating Black History Month.
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A message from Interim President Junkins to the Aggie community: Stronger Together

January 25, 2021
I am pleased to share today's announcement from the Texas A&M University System regarding the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents' statement and approval of recommended actions to better serve our land-grant mission regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.
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Message from Interim President Junkins

January 19, 2021
As we begin a new year, I would like to welcome all of you. I hope that the holidays provided you with time to rest and relax and that you are also looking forward to the start of a new semester.
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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2021
On Monday we will join our nation in honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we reflect on Dr. King’s legacy this year, I ask you to consider what you can do for our university community and the greater human community.
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Howdy!

January 1, 2021
I am humbled and grateful to now be entrusted to serve as your interim president. I look forward to listening to you and learning from you as we work together in a new year — one that’s filled with new hope and new opportunities to make Texas A&M an even greater institution for current and future generations of Aggies.
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Messages from Michael K. Young

President 2015-2020

Happy Holidays

December 18, 2020
As 2020 comes to a close, I would like to congratulate all of the students who are earning degrees, and thank the many dedicated faculty and staff whose tireless efforts ensured that our educational mission continued.
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Thank you, Provost Fierke

November 30, 2020
As you may have seen, Brandeis University announced today that Provost Carol A. Fierke will join its university as Provost and Executive Vice President, where she also received her Ph.D. in biochemistry. She will remain at Texas A&M through Dec. 31.
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Native American Heritage Day

November 27, 2020
During Native American Heritage Month, and on Native American Heritage Day, Texas A&M salutes and thanks all of our indigenous students, former students, faculty and staff who embrace their distinctive heritage and contribute to our university community.
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Announcement

November 24, 2020
I have become particularly excited to soon become immersed as a full-time member of the faculty of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, as well as the School of Law, and again work on the issues that have engaged me for much of my career, especially issues related to religious freedom and international affairs.
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VP for Diversity Interim Appointment

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.

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Gratitude

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!

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The Spirit of Giving

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.

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Grateful To Our Veterans, Today And Every Day

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."

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Our Civic Duty

October 27, 2020

In America, voting is a right and a privilege. Democracy works best if we all participate in the process.

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The Genius Of Texas A&M

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.

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Halfway Through and Going Strong

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.

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Prestigious science award bestowed upon Texas A&M researcher and innovator Roderic Pettigrew

September 28, 2020
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Roderic Pettigrew for earning the 2020 Vannevar Bush Award, and for his extraordinary service to advancing scientific discovery and improving the lives of people around the world.
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Grateful To Those Working To Improve Campus Climate

September 17, 2020
As we continue our journey to achieve our goals related to diversity and inclusion, we recently learned that for the second consecutive year Texas A&M has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
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Texas A&M Moves Up 4 Spots In U.S. News Rankings

September 15, 2020
We just received some great news. Our academic excellence and our recent progress have been recognized by our rise in the latest rankings by U.S. News and World Report.
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Announcement From President Young

September 2, 2020
As we continue to navigate the start of the academic year toward what I am hopeful will be a great semester followed by a beautiful springtime in Aggieland, I wanted to let you know that I have notified Chancellor Sharp that I plan to retire as president, effective May 31, 2021.
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Calling On You To Lead With Selfless Service

August 19, 2020
As we begin a new semester, I would like to welcome you and share my hopes that you and your loved ones are well.
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Thank you for helping us continue our mission

August 19, 2020
Our decision in March to move online seems like a distant memory. Since that time, I know many of you have spent countless hours helping us plan and prepare to bring students back to campus for the fall.
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Transforming Employee and Leadership Development

August 7, 2020
Today we announce exciting work transforming how we develop Texas A&M employees. This is part of a larger, multi-year shaping plan in support of our 2020-2025 strategic planning goals
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Announcing Commission Charge and Membership

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.

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Reaction to New Federal Guidance on International Students

July 7, 2020
Yesterday, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new guidance that prohibits international students from returning to or remaining in the U.S. this fall if the universities they attend are all online.
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Those who promote hate not welcome at Texas A&M

June 25, 2020
As Aggies, we often talk about our core values. We need to live them. Let me be clear: Incidents like the one yesterday have no place at Texas A&M. Anyone who believes that hate is acceptable is not wanted at Texas A&M.
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Provost Carol Fierke to lead the university’s response to COVID-19

June 23, 2020
As the university’s Chief Academic Officer, Fierke is already deeply involved in the planning and preparation for the return of students in the fall, and she has a long history of working with constituencies across the university to promote the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff.
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Announcing Task Force on Race Relations, Commission on Historic Representations

June 17, 2020
Effective immediately, I am announcing the following groups, each to include current and former students, faculty, staff and relevant subject matter experts: A Task Force on Race Relations and A Commission on Historic Representation
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Actions And Next Steps: Campus Climate

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.

 

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Standing up to Racism

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.

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Guidance From President Young On Face Coverings

June 9, 2020
As announced, we are in full execution mode this summer to return in the fall. Committees, including one on face-coverings, have been hard at work to help make this possible. I am announcing a face-covering policy, effective Monday, June 15.
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A Message To Our Aggie Community

June 1, 2020
George Floyd died violently and unnecessarily a week ago today. On behalf of the entire university community, I expressed our heartfelt condolences to his family on Friday, which thousands of you shared. As a former student at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Mr. Floyd was not only a member of the Texas A&M System family, but also a member of our human family. You answered “here” on his behalf, and we all know how much that means.
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A Message to Students on Plans for In-Person Fall Semester

May 29, 2020
In April, I shared our intent to be open for the fall semester. While much work is left to be done to make this happen as safely as possible, I’m pleased to report that we are on track to be open and operational in-person, with online offerings as well. The Board of Regents met this morning and approved Texas A&M University System guidance.
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August In-Person Commencements Postponed; Virtual Graduation Celebrations and Conferral of Degrees Planned

May 29, 2020
In April, I promised you that by the end of May, we would have more information about the feasibility of an in-person August commencement. You can see by the title of this message that I did not want to sugarcoat what is assuredly disappointing news for August graduates and their families. We will postpone in-person commencement ceremonies.
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Special Tribute To Our Graduates

May 15, 2020
Today I’d like you to see another special message to our graduates from Governor Greg Abbott. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch his brief video and possibly share it with your families and friends.
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President's Meritorious Service Award Winners

May 5, 2020
I am delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2020 President's Meritorious Service Awards have been selected.
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Announcing Texas A&M Teaching Site in Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2020
We are thrilled to announce plans to open a new Texas A&M University teaching site in Washington, D.C. just blocks from the White House. Our inaugural program will feature The Bush School of Government and Public Service, with plans for participation by other schools and colleges down the road.
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A Thank You, Along with Plans for Summer and Fall

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.

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Muster 2020

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.

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Congratulations Greg Hartman

April 13, 2020
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Greg Hartman as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, a role in which he has served as interim since August 2019. The title is effective on April 15.
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Texas A&M Responds: COVID-19 News Site

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.

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Helping Our Students

March 26, 2020

Howdy Ags,

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.

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Welcome Back to Classes This Week

March 25, 2020
I would like to welcome everyone resuming classes at Texas A&M this week in a “new normal” online. Given the recent shelter in place at residence order from Brazos, Galveston and other counties impacting our campuses and sites, I also want to thank you for your tremendous patience and understanding during this challenging time.
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A Message About Respect at Texas A&M

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.

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Campus Facilities and Operations

March 24, 2020
These rapid succession of updates are necessary today as we respond to the Brazos County deadline shelter in place of residence order and I ask you to review carefully. Any updates will continue to be housed on the COVID-19 TAMU site. Galveston and other campuses will also issue guidance specific to their locations in line with the information below.
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Campus Credits/Refund Message

March 24, 2020
Texas A&M University is pleased to provide the following options to students for prorated credits for housing and dining as follows.
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Urgent Housing Guidance

March 23, 2020

Students,

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.

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A Note of Gratitude to Faculty and Staff

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.

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President Young’s Message To Campus

March 19, 2020
Our nation, state and we here at Texas A&M University face serious challenges from this global pandemic. This extraordinary situation with COVID-19 coronavirus requires applying everything we are as Aggies – leadership, loyalty, integrity, excellence, respect for each other, and, of course, selfless service – to navigate daily challenges.
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We Are All Aggies

February 10, 2020
When I meet with people across campus, I'm always struck by the extraordinary array of individuals who are drawn to Texas A&M. Throughout its history, our university has been a magnet for some of the most talented, creative and hard-working students, faculty and staff from all walks of life and nearly every region of the world.
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Welcome back to Aggieland

January 13, 2020
As we celebrate the beginning of a New Year, I would like to warmly welcome you back to Texas A&M. I hope the holiday season offered you an opportunity to rest and relax, giving you time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and a chance to look forward to the future with anticipation.
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Texas A&M a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus

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.

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2019 Veterans Day Letter

November 11, 2019
Today we mark an important moment in the history of our nation and our university. A century ago, America established a day of remembrance for the valiant veterans who served during World War I.
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Bonfire 20th-year Remembrance

November 8, 2019
Today as I drove onto the Texas A&M campus, I passed Bonfire Memorial — just like I’ve done for the past 4 ½ years since becoming president of this great university. Though the drive is part of my routine, what I feel is far from typical each time I pause to consider those 12 granite portals intertwined with the 27 bronze markers.
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State of the University Address 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.

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Sailing The Open Seas For World-Class Research

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.

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September 2019 Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk

September 10, 2019
The tragic loss of a student to suicide impacts universities in every state, and our campus is no different. Just since fall classes began, one of our own students ended her life in her campus residence hall.
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Looking Back on Summer, Forward to Fall

August 26, 2019
On this first day of fall classes, I’d like to welcome you to Texas A&M for another semester of learning, discovery and camaraderie. To our Aggie students, faculty and staff here in College Station, at our campuses in Galveston, McAllen and Qatar, the School of Law in Fort Worth, and our Health Science Center locations across the state, I wish you a successful and enjoyable academic year.
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Learning more about the Fourth of July

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.

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We must be vigilant in addressing and confronting what drives hate speech

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.

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New Student Conference Vital To Aggie Experience

June 19, 2019
It is truly a pleasure to walk around campus this summer and see thousands of incoming freshmen and transfer Aggies, along with their families, attending New Student Conference, our two-day orientation program for undergraduates.
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Congratulations Dr. Héctor Rivera

May 6, 2019
I am pleased to congratulate Dr. Héctor Rivera, associate professor of educational psychology, for receiving the Congressional Award's 2019 Education Champion Award. The Congressional Award — which is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian through the United States Senate and House of Representatives — recognizes initiative, service and achievement.
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A Milestone Graduation

April 30, 2019
The graduation of the Class of 2019 will mark a major milestone in the 143-year history of Texas A&M University.
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A Gift From Aggies To Aggies

April 23, 2019
This morning it was my pleasure to dedicate Spirit Plaza, right in the heart of our beautiful College Station campus.
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Muster 2019

April 22, 2019
Muster is one of our most solemn traditions and the care that goes into it is so reflective of everything Aggies are about – our Core Values, our devotion to one another and our commitment to duty and honor.
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Thanking Our Staff

April 19, 2019
Next week the entire university community has the opportunity to show our gratitude during Staff Appreciation Week for the tremendous work our staff does at Texas A&M University. I want to thank our staff here in College Station as well as the other locations around the world for their efforts today and every day.
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Texas A&M President Young Statement On Scott Woodward

April 18, 2019

Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young has released the following statement regarding Director of Athletics Scott Woodward:

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Announcing President's Meritorious Service Award Recipients

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.

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Kicking Off The Season With Football Thursday

March 20, 2019
Texas A&M has once again been invited to move our first football game of the season from Saturday, August 31 to Thursday, August 29.
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Texas A&M Says 'Howdy!' To Austin At SXSW

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.

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Acknowledging Parts Of Our Past

February 14, 2019
Over the last week, racially charged photos have become a topic of national discussion. We know that, regardless of the time period, such images are markers of bigotry and prejudice. There is no excuse for it and similar images are part of our university's history as well.
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Dedication To Diversity Makes A Difference at Texas A&M

February 11, 2019
This month, I was pleased to attend a day of presentations by college deans and unit leaders from across campus which centered on inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability.
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Celebrating The Life Of A Great Aggie Historian

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.

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Update on University Title IX Actions

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.

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Free Speech Recognition

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.

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Springtime In Aggieland And Beyond

January 15, 2019
Welcome back to Texas A&M and to a promising spring semester. Exciting days are ahead for the Aggie family, including students, faculty and staff not just here in Texas, but all those working and learning at our sites worldwide
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Wrapping Up A Great Year

December 12, 2018
This has been a remarkable year at Texas A&M for so many reasons.
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George H.W. Bush Laid To Rest

December 7, 2018
Yesterday we had the extraordinary honor of having George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, laid to rest on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center. He rests beside his beloved wife Barbara Pierce Bush, who passed away in April, and their daughter Robin.
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Remembrance of George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018
I write to you today in fond remembrance of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who was a great friend to Texas A&M University and Aggies everywhere.
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Aggie War Hymn Anniversary

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.

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State of the University Address 2018

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. 

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Mourning the Loss of Dr. John J. McDermott

September 30, 2018
It is with a sense of undeniable loss and inevitable sorrow that we announce the passing today of Dr. John McDermott, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Texas A&M University.
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Welcome Dr. Robin Means Coleman

September 19, 2018
It is with great pleasure that I welcome for her first fall semester at Texas A&M University Dr. Robin Means Coleman, our new Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity.
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Welcome back, students!

August 27, 2018
I am thrilled to see everyone back on campus, ready to jump into fall 2018 at Texas A&M. If this is your first semester, congratulations on becoming an Aggie! Our campus is a place where individual passions feed a collective purpose.
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Welcome back, faculty!

August 27, 2018
Welcome back to Texas A&M for fall semester! It is a pleasure to acknowledge our talented and dedicated faculty members.
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Welcome back, staff!

August 27, 2018
As the fall semester begins, I wish to thank you for your continual hard work and support for our institution throughout the year.
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Announcing Title IX Review Reports and Actions

August 20, 2018
Today I am announcing eleven actions approved immediately, with an additional four areas of ongoing work related to enhancing the university’s Title IX investigation processes. We believe that these actions will not only contribute to continual improvement at our university in safety, processes, transparency, fairness and accountability, but will also set a new standard nationally for how Title IX investigations are managed.
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The Ultimate Sacrifice: Remembering Aggies Of World War II

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.

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Comprehensive Reviews, Actions and Next Steps

July 2, 2018
I would like to provide you with an update regarding review plans recently announced that seek ways to improve how the university addresses sexual assault investigations.
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Comprehensive Review Update

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.

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Message to Aggie Community

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.

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Exciting News

June 8, 2018
As you may have heard, The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced today that it has awarded the Triad National Security LLC team, of which the Texas A&M University System, the University of California System, and Battelle Memorial Institute are equal partners, the contract to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Congratulations Aggies

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.

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Distinguished Achievement Award Winners Setting The Bar For Excellence

April 27, 2018
Please join me today in congratulating the recipients of the hard-earned and prestigious 2018 Distinguished Achievement Awards.
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Muster 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.

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Aggie community mourns Barbara Bush

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.

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Please join us for Staff Appreciation Week April 23-28

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!

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National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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.

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Congratulations President’s Meritorious Service Award winners!

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!

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Heading back to Austin!

March 1, 2018
Texas A&M is returning to the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin March 11-14 to showcase the outstanding work of our students, faculty and staff to a global audience.
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First Football Game

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.

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Please join me in welcoming new campus members

February 15, 2018
It is my great pleasure to welcome to the university two of the nation’s most distinguished scholars, researchers and educators: Mark A. Barteau as Vice President for Research, and Patrick J. Stover as Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences.
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Make the most of the spring semester

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.

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Happy Holidays

December 21, 2017
As I reflect on our progress this past year, I am so pleased with the outstanding impact our university has had on the state, nation and world.
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Announcing the Texas A&M Resilience Scholarship

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.

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Congratulations graduates

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.

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Bonfire Remembrance

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.

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Proposed Tax Legislation

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.

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Grateful to our Veterans

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. 

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2017 State of the University Address

October 26, 2017
This week I had the honor of giving the State of the University address at the beautiful Annenberg Presidential Conference Center fresh on the heels of all five former living presidents being here last weekend.
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A Night to Remember

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.

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Our Growing National Academy Membership

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.

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Extending Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria

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.

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University Disaster Relief Fund Reminder

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.

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Texas A&M Opens Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

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.

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DACA Update

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. 

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Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

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100 Stories of Selfless Service

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.

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Welcome Back, Staff!

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.

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Welcome Back, Students!

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.

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Welcome Back, Faculty!

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.

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Texas A&M Recognized Nationally for the Value it Delivers

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.

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Andy Morriss Asked to Lead Creation of I-School

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.

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Texas A&M to Name New Provost and Executive Vice President

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.

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Exciting News

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.

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Affirming Our Values

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.

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Standing For Our Core Values

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.

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Step In and Stand Up Against Acts of Sexual Violence

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.

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Texas A&M University Names Inaugural Presidential Impact Fellows

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.

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Thank You!

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.

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Announcing President’s Meritorious Service Award Recipients

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.

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Response to White House Executive Order Travel Ban

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.

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Texas A&M at SXSW

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.

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A Resolute Mission

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.

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Thank You: Vice Chancellor and Dean Mark Hussey

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.

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Happy Holidays

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.

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You

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.

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“Aggies United” Event Planned for Dec. 6 at Kyle Field

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.

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We are All Aggies

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.

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Celebrate Veterans, Take Part In Campus Activities To Honor Them

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.

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Living Our Core Values

November 10, 2016

A central purpose of education in a democracy is to prepare future citizens who engage thoughtfully and productively for the good of their communities. Public universities have a particular responsibility to help build students’ capacity for civil dialogue and respectful exchange. Texas A&M University’s 140-year-history is filled with the stories of many people who have worked together—even with those with whom they may disagree—to meet the world’s challenges.

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Provost Search Committee

October 14, 2016
I am pleased to announce the creation of the Provost Search Committee. The Committee will engage in a national search to help us fill the critical position of Provost and Executive Vice President. Its membership is listed below. I have asked the Committee to proceed as expeditiously as possible while also broadly consulting the campus community to identify attributes we seek in our next provost. As its work proceeds, please feel free, indeed encouraged to share your thoughts and views with the committee.
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State of the University Address

October 4, 2016

140 years to the day since the birth of this university, I'm thrilled to speak with you about three strategic imperatives that revolve around collaboration. Collaboration not just for the sake of it, but to create a better world.

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FEARLESS at 140

September 28, 2016

Recently I announced our new national branding campaign, Fearless on Every Front, which introduces the world to the great contributions that Texas A&M University provides to solving great global challenges.

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Freedom of Expression — Fostering a Fearless Front at Texas A&M University

September 27, 2016

What do you do when you encounter individuals, groups or guest speakers on campus whose beliefs challenge or even directly oppose your own? What if you are the one who embraces a perspective different from others? Do you contribute to an environment of open dialogue, even when you are challenged or you challenge others? If you haven't yet faced these situations at Texas A&M, you will. And, dare I say, you should!

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Announcing National Branding Campaign: “Fearless on Every Front”

September 20, 2016

One of the many things I love about our university is our strong sense of service. Most recently, Washington Monthly ranked Texas A&M #1 in service among more than 300 peer institutions. Whether in our research or when 22,000 are gathered at The Big Event, we are fueled by a commitment to help, create, solve and challenge each other – for the good of the world. We are, simply put, FEARLESS ON EVERY FRONT.

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Celebrating our Student Leaders

September 12, 2016

We are delighted to celebrate and acknowledge Hannah Wimberly, Student Body President; Cecille Sorio, Commander of the Corps of Cadets; and Claire Wimberly for their exceptional service to our student body and the greater Aggie community.

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State Employee Charitable Campaign

September 1, 2016

We have an incredible opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of many Brazos Valley residents through the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), which kicks off today and lasts through October 31st.

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Thank You to Provost Watson

August 31, 2016

It is with extraordinary gratitude that I thank Dr. Karan Watson for her many years of remarkable service to Texas A&M University. I know Karan has not made her decision to step down from her role as Provost at the end of this academic year lightly, and we will have big shoes to fill, a task we will immediately undertake with appropriate dispatch and care. But in the meantime, please join me in thanking her for her service. This is a time of unprecedented excellence and opportunity for Texas A&M and Karan has been critical in making it so.

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Welcome Back, Faculty!

August 29, 2016

Over the past year, I have learned a great deal about Texas A&M and the incredible scholars, thinkers, builders and creators who position us to do transformational research and teaching, distinguishing this institution as a national model of educational excellence. I have met with many faculty members from across all of our campuses, and listened to you speak about your areas of study. It is abundantly clear that we are not only shaping scholars, but also producing citizens of substance. I am excited to meet many more of you as the effort to do so on my part is far from over.

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Welcome Back, Staff!

August 29, 2016

Over the past year, I have learned a great deal about Texas A&M and the incredible scholars, thinkers, builders and creators who position us to do such meaningful work, distinguishing this institution as model of educational excellence. I have met with many staff members from across campus, listened to your stories, and it is clear that your contributions help make this university so special. I am excited to meet many more of our devoted staff as this effort to do so is far from over.

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Welcome Back, Students!

August 29, 2016

Howdy! I hope that you are as excited as I am for the year ahead. Perhaps you spent your summer working at businesses, studying abroad, on internship, or found yourself in a lab doing cutting-edge research. I hope that you also had time to relax with family and friends. I want to welcome you back, or for the first time, to Texas A&M University.

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Addressing Disrespectful Behavior

August 1, 2016

As you may know, presentations containing insensitive, disrespectful content were given by two coaches at a football “Chalk Talk for Women” event hosted by the Athletic Department. Like many of you who learned of this, I was and remain dismayed, disappointed and angry. This behavior is not who we as Aggies are and is totally unacceptable. To be clear, this is not a females-only concern, but a human one. In fact, the majority of those weighing in with their disdain have been men who are equally as disturbed by the content presented.

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Incident at Local Islamic Community Center

July 7, 2016

We are deeply concerned by police reports that the Islamic Community Center located north of the Texas A&M campus was damaged by gunfire earlier today and are grateful that no one was injured.

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Update from President Michael K. Young on Campus Carry

April 13, 2016

As you know, the 84th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, which is effective August 1, 2016, and expands the areas on public university campuses where those with appropriate licenses are authorized to carry concealed handguns. As President of Texas A&M, I am deeply committed to creating the optimal environment for learning, discovery and work. At the same time, as a state institution, we are subject to the demands of the law and will necessarily comply.

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Faculty Forum

April 6, 2016

As scholars, as teachers, as creators and lovers of knowledge, how do we want to contribute to our world and how do we use our platforms within this university as individuals, and as a collective, to influence the future, our world?

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Results of Investigations Regarding Racial Incident on Feb. 9

March 2, 2016

I want to share with the university community the status of the investigations into the racial incident on February 9, 2016, by the Dean of Student Life and University Police Department (UPD). I also want to communicate some of our recent and future actions to further advance and deepen diversity and inclusion on our campus.

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Statement from President Young

February 16, 2016

In the aftermath of the disturbing racist incident that occurred on our campus last week, I believe that our swift action and ongoing efforts to address this matter make it abundantly clear that racism and hate speech have absolutely no place at Texas A&M.

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Additional Comments on Incident

February 12, 2016

Tuesday's incident of hate speech on Texas A&M University's campus was heartbreaking and a disappointment to not only me, but also to our students, faculty, staff and the entire Texas A&M University family.

It is our greatest responsibility to provide a safe environment that fosters the development of thoughts and ideas that will ultimately change the world and solve our great global challenges. The behavior that took place on our campus falls far short of these expectations and will not be tolerated. We are now in the process of an expedited investigation of the incident to enable us to take appropriate action as quickly as possible. We have also reached out and maintained contact with Uplift Education, the group whose students experienced this inappropriate exchange.

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Tremendous Disappointment Regarding Racial Slur Incident On Campus

February 10, 2016

I am outraged and tremendously disappointed in the behavior displayed by a group of students on our College Station campus yesterday – one in which a group of ethnic minority high school students from the Dallas area reported that racial slurs were directed toward them during their campus tour. I deeply regret the pain and hurt feelings this incident caused these young students.  Be assured that we take such allegations very seriously. Our police department responded to the scene following the reported incident and we are currently fully assessing it. In addition, we had administrators and students from campus who met with our visiting guests to assure them that they are welcome and respected by the vast majority of Aggies. This troubling incident will be thoroughly investigated to the fullest extent possible and appropriate action will be taken.

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2016 PMSA

February 1, 2016

I am delighted to announce the recipients of the 2015-2016 President's Meritorious Service Awards.  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.

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Holiday Message

December 17, 2015

As the semester winds down and the holidays approach, Marti and I want to say a joyous and heartfelt "thank you" to each of you for being part of this thriving, warm, generous and extraordinarily capable campus community, vibrant with hands and faces and voices representing hundreds of cultures, aspirations and areas of scholarship, each working fearlessly toward the single goal of making this world better for all.

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Lead by Example

November 5, 2015

Faculty and staff across campus have been hard at work for many months on the Lead By Example comprehensive campaign, and I thank you.

This afternoon, I briefed local and state media and informed them of our fundraising goal of $4 billion over the next five years. Eighty-five percent of this amount will be used in support of academic excellence and expansion of research. This goal will be publicly announced on Saturday.

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Campus Carry

October 15, 2015
This spring, the 84th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), which expands the areas on public university campuses where those with licenses may carry concealed handguns.
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Message on Sexual Assault Survey

October 5, 2015

The Association of American Universities, which comprises the 62 top research universities in the United States and Canada, recently released the results of its campus climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct at 27 of its member campuses.

This survey makes clear that, compared to our counterparts across the country, Texas A&M fares very well. Our news release can be found at Texas A&M Today.

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Step In. Stand Up. Announcement

September 16, 2015

Our highest priority at Texas A&M is to provide a safe and welcoming campus where our students can grow and develop as leaders. To that end, we are firmly committed to working together on campus and throughout Bryan-College Station.

This includes coming together to prevent and respond to one of the most serious issues of our time: sexual violence. When one of us is harmed through sexual violence, each of us is harmed. Even one such incident is too many.

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Message to Texas A&M Faculty

August 31, 2015

As we launch another academic year, I want to let you know how much I have enjoyed getting to know so many of you during my visits to each college and look forward to the few remaining college visits this semester.

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Message to Texas A&M Staff

August 31, 2015

Please accept my deepest appreciation for your warm welcome to Marti and me, and for all that you do, day in and day out, to help Texas A&M fulfill our broad missions of teaching, research and outreach.

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Message to Texas A&M Students

August 31, 2015

Howdy! I hope you’re as excited as I am about the year ahead. These are historic times for us, and on this first day of the academic year I’d like to share three reasons in particular with you.

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Introduction Letter to Faculty

May 1, 2015

On this, my first day as President of this very important university, I want to convey my deep appreciation for you, and all that you have done to help this institution earn its standing in the world. Your commitment to excellence and integrity are, in no small way, why Marti and I find ourselves here with you at Texas A&M.

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Introduction Letter to Staff

May 1, 2015

It is important to me that you know how much Marti and I value your support and dedication to this great university's teaching and research missions. We understand wholeheartedly and see your commitment to keeping this complex and exceptional institution operating at such extraordinary levels. We look forward to working together with you as we all help this university on its amazing trajectory.

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Introduction Letter to Students

May 1, 2015

In the early days of our interest in Texas A&M University, we visited the College Station campus a few times. Our first visit was jam-packed with meetings and tours beginning in the very early mornings and lasting until well after dinnertime. It was admittedly exhausting and yet remarkably energizing.

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