Aerial view of TAMU

Message to Texas A&M Students


August 31, 2015

Dear Students,

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.

One is the tremendous amount of campus construction and infrastructure growth, the most visible example of which is the newly renovated and expanded Kyle Field—the most extensive redevelopment of a college athletic facility in history, and now, the largest college football stadium in Texas and the entire Southeastern Conference. I very much look forward to being with you—and “humping it” for the first time—at Midnight Yell Practice on Friday, September 11.

Another is the fact that the world is paying more attention to Texas A&M. Washington Monthly recently ranked us third nationally for contribution to the public good, and we continue to be known for providing an excellent education at a reasonable cost. We want to spread the word far and wide about our rich history and traditions, our research that improves lives around the world and the many ways our students become leaders in the classroom as well as through more than a thousand student-run clubs and organizations.

And, finally, the value of a degree from Texas A&M continues to rise. Texas A&M remains the school of choice for tens of thousands of young people each year, as well as for thousands of employers seeking qualified and well-rounded employees. Studies continue to show that Aggies do exceptionally well as leaders in their professions and communities long after graduation.

This is a special place, in large part because our students are so special. Thank you for all you do as ambassadors for our great university.