TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Texas A&M University today announced the formal addition of Texas A&M Health Science Center as a unit within the university—a move initially authorized in August by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
“Today marks the culmination of nearly one year of careful planning and coordination aimed at placing Texas A&M in a unique collaborative and competitive position that realizes the extensive academic and scientific opportunities made possible through the merging of two leaders in biomedical education and discoveries,” said Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University. “Together as one, we are now poised to offer a new model for education and research in the health sciences for the State of Texas.”
The merger follows a multi-step process of approvals from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the accrediting body for the university and health science center. Complete execution of the transition is slated over the next 12 months with no plans to move or close any campuses or programs.
“Over the coming months we’ll be working to appropriately integrate systems and processes across a number of departments, while maintaining the health science center’s distinct organizational identity as a health-related institution of the state,” said E.J. "Jere" Pederson, interim executive vice president and chief executive officer for Texas A&M Health Science Center. “Bringing the health science center under the university umbrella creates prospects for interdisciplinary programs in health and life sciences, as well as allowing extended research collaborations across the expansive Texas A&M network of scientists.”
Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research through campuses in Bryan-College Station, Dallas, Temple, Houston, Round Rock, Kingsville, Corpus Christi and McAllen. Its six colleges are the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the School of Graduate Studies, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy and the School of Rural Public Health. Other units include the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the Coastal Bend Health Education Center.
“Our institutions have enjoyed a strong working relationship since the health science center’s inception in 1999, with numerous joint projects and several of its programs housed on main campus,” Loftin said. “So while we officially welcome our new faculty, staff and students to the Aggie family today, this transition actually represents a strengthening of the already robust academic experience and research environment.”