AUSTIN, Texas – John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, on Thursday evening honored Austin-area members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives for their commitment and outstanding work during the 83rd legislative session during a reception hosted by the Capital City A&M Club and the 12th Man Foundation.
“We all share the desire for Texas to lead the nation in excellence in education, service and research,” said Sharp. “And the 83rd Legislature was critical for higher education and the A&M System in particular in our continued efforts to do our part to transform higher education in Texas and provide a number of services to the citizens of this state.”
The Association of Former Students, which sponsors the annual Orange and Maroon Day event, joined the A&M System to show their appreciation of the 83rd Legislature. Since 1925, the A&M System and the Association of Former Students have found common ground through the promotion of Texas A&M and education in the state of Texas. The A&M System created “Friends of the A&M System” to recognize state leaders who in their official capacity have helped to achieve this same goal.
“The Association of Former Students greatly appreciates the commitment to higher education shown by members of our state Legislature,” said Porter Garner, president and CEO of the Association of Former Students. “Thanks to their recognition and promotion of the outstanding contributions of Texas A&M, we, indeed, count them as valuable members of our world-wide Aggie Network.”
The members of the 83rd Legislature worked tirelessly to tackle problems and make investments into higher education and the A&M System. As a result, Texas students will have access to more financial aid at universities statewide, including the restoration of nearly $120 million in general revenue for TEXAS grants, while student veterans and their dependents will benefit from a sustainable Hazlewood program.
The Legislature also provided new funding to the Competitive Knowledge Fund, which provides a major source of support for the state’s comprehensive research universities, including Texas A&M University.
Thanks to these and other key funding decisions, the A&M System will address a multitude of needs, from providing an educated workforce and advancing research, to improving access to healthcare, managing natural resources and providing support in the wake of natural disasters.
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