Veteran state official John Sharp has been named the sole finalist by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for chancellor. Sharp will be eligible to become chancellor of the A&M System after a state-mandated 21-day waiting period.
Sharp, a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University, has more than three decades of experience in state public office, including terms with the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives, as a member of the Texas Railroad Commission, and as the 35th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
"John's years of combined service to our state and to Texas A&M make him an ideal choice for this role," said Richard A. Box, chairman of the A&M System's Board of Regents. "Throughout his career, he has remained dedicated to ensuring the A&M System's success, and as a board, we believe he can provide the steadfast commitment it will take to achieve our ongoing preeminence in teaching, research and service as one of the country's leading university systems.
"During his many years in state government, he has become acutely aware of the many challenges that our universities, state agencies and health science center face," Box added, "but he also understands the tremendous opportunity that lies within the A&M System."
While a student at Texas A&M, Sharp was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Corps staff, and served as student body president. Following graduation, he served four years in the U.S. Army Reserves.