Texas A&M System Board Of Regents To Decide Name Changes

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

The names of several Texas A&M System state agencies could be changing soon to expand the A&M Brand.

These agencies, like the Texas Forest service, are operated by the Texas A&M System, but many people don't know that.

Whether it's the Texas Forest Service fighting last summer's wildfires, the Texas Engineering Extension Service training firefighters, or the Texas Transportation Institute teaching police how to drive under slick conditions, many people don't realize these state agencies are part of the Texas A&M System.

"We don't take advantage of the branding that we have,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp.

Sharp says this is a problem, and he is proposing to add the name 'Texas A&M' to all 7 of the A&M System state agencies plus the Baylor College of Dentistry.

So the Texas Forest Service would be the Texas A&M Forest Service.

"Right now very few people in the state of Texas attach all of the great work these 7 institutions to Aggies and to Texas A&M,” said Sharp.

Employees like Cathryn Clement with Texas Agrilife Research feel that adding the 'Texas A&M' name could make things complicated.

"It's really confusing, and I think that is part of the problem. Either way you go, whether you add it or leave it out, there's confusion about where one ends and the other begins,” said Clement.

But Sharp feels the change is a solution.

"Texas is obviously the state of Texas and A&M is, we think, the better part of the state of Texas so you get both of them when you do that,” said Sharp.

Sharp says there will be little or no cost associated with changing the name. He says items ranging from stationary to signs will be replaced when the stock is depleted or they get old.

The A&M System Board of Regents will make a decision on the name changes at their meeting either Thursday or Friday.

If approved, Sharp says the name change would go into effect by January.

Regents will also be discussing the future of Kyle Field. It's possible they could approve a budget and construction for Texas A&M's football stadium.

Regents will also take any and all action necessary to investigate and pursue an administrative change with the Texas A&M Health Science Center. It could go under the administration of Texas A&M University.

Click here or on the icon above the story to read a letter from A&M President R. Bowen Loftin and HSC President Dr. Nancy Dickey to the A&M family.

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