CORPUS CHRISTI, Jan. 17, 2014 – Chancellor John Sharp today was awarded the Presidential Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the 44th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
The award is based on a history of public service, commitment to the youth of the state and record of giving back to communities that are most in need.
Terry Mills, president of the Corpus Christi chapter of the NAACP who presented the award said, “We are making history here. No other chancellor in this state has been granted this very special Presidential Award and we are thankful for Chancellor Sharp’s commitment to our community.”
Sharp began his career in public service in 1976 working full-time with the Legislative Budget Board in Austin, while pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from Southwest Texas State University. In 1978 he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and was named “Outstanding Freshman” by Texas Monthly. He won a seat in the Texas Senate in 1982, where he served on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, and was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1986.
Sharp was elected state comptroller in 1990 and re-elected in 1994. When he took office, he quickly began working to fulfill his pledge to “make government work like our most successful businesses.” Eight years later, he reinvented Texas state government and turned it into a high-quality, low-cost customer service operation that has saved taxpayers billions, helped avert a state income tax and served as a model around the world. As chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, he is applying the same commitment he has had to Texans during his three decades of public service.
“I believe that the future of Texas rests on our ability to education our children,” said Sharp. “And I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award from an organization that has long been among the nation’s greatest advocates for quality education.”