Regents Set to Discuss Major Institution's Creation

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The Texas A&M System Board of Regents are preparing for two days of meetings beginning Thursday morning. The meetings will take place on A&M campus in College Station.

Among the items on their agenda is the creation of the Institute for National Security Education and Research. INSER would be a joint effort between Texas A&M, and the Engineering and "Agriculture and Life Sciences" departments.

Among the goals of INSER listed in the system's agenda item for these meetings:

- Establish and implement multi-disciplinary research and educational programs that produce well-qualified potential employees for national-security organizations;

- Develop education programs providing historical, strategic, and policy context to enhance the leadership potential of national-security professionals;

- Leverage significant national security-related educational and research infrastructure already established within The Texas A&M University System;

- Foster collaboration between TAMUS and each sponsoring organization.

Also, the Texas A&M Health Science Center may have four new contracts with medical facilities. The annual deals, as noted on the agenda listings, would be with:

-Scott & White Clinic and Scott and White Memorial Hospital for teaching services related to professional medical education in Temple;

-CHRISTUS Spohn to promote collaboration with the Corpus Christi Family Practice Residency Program;

- Children's Medical Center, for medico-administrative services related to professional dental education in Dallas;

- Brazos Valley Family Practice Residency Program for teaching services related to professional medical education in Bryan.

Regents will also review renovations for the Chemistry Complex and the Lab Animal Resources and Research at A&M, as well as dozens of other projects at system campuses.

Not appearing on the two-day agenda is any action or discussion on the search for a permanent president at Texas A&M. Regents recently received a list of three finalists from the university's search advisory committee, then asked for the final ten candidates' names and backgrounds.

The chosen person will succeed Robert Gates, who left the university in December to become the nation's secretary of defense.