Texas A&M Board of Regents approve RELLIS tuition rate, new Dean of Agriculture

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- On Thursday, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents unanimously voted and approved the RELLIS tuition rate and a new leader of Agriculture.

According to James Nelson, with the Texas A&M University System, the tuition rate is set at a total of $295 per semester credit hour.

"That is built up from the $50 statuary tuition, then $157.50 for the designated tuition, and the RELLIS or academic fees are $87.50 per semester credit hour," said Nelson.

The academic fees are used to provide all of the students the services that will be available at RELLIS, like the maintenance, grounds services, student organizations. The faculty that are teaching at RELLIS will also be paid from those fees.

"We have even budgeted a portion of that money that will help send students to leadership conferences," said Nelson. The academic building at RELLIS was also approved at Thursday's meeting. It is set to be open during the 2018-2019 academic year.

"I think with the approval of the new academic building, the rate approval, and seeing how everyone is excited about it, really does show that it was a great decision. The rates are right there in a good range, it's a good opportunity for the students who are here in the Brazos Valley," said Nelson.

The Board of Regents also voted to hire Dr. Patrick Stover, a nationally recognized leader in nutritional science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as the Dean of the College of Agriculture and the Vice Chancellor.

"It's very exciting to be named the Dean and Vice Chancellor, especially at such a prestigious university," said Stover. He was previously at Cornell University and said he is happy to call Aggieland his new home.

"When you look at all of the challenges there are in higher education, and you look at the challenges there are right now in agriculture and the food system and healthcare, there is no university better positioned to solve problems that affect real peoples lives than Texas A&M University," said Stover.