Texas A&M System Chancellor Finalist Meets Media, Expresses Support for SEC Move

A new chancellor appears to be on the horizon for the Texas A&M System with lone finalist and former student John Sharp meeting with the media Tuesday.

News 3 spoke with Sharp about his future in Aggieland, as well as thoughts on joining the Southeastern Conference.

John Sharp could soon be the new face of the Texas A&M University System.

On Monday the Board of Regents named him the lone finalist for Chancellor.

Even before the question of an SEC move came up, he alluded to the talk of the town.

"We are going to pop some eyeballs over the next few years as people look at what Texas A&M University is. We may pop those eyeballs all the way to Alabama, Georgia and Florida, not just in Texas," said John Sharp.

The former Corps of Cadets member, State Legislator and Comptroller said giving Texas A&M more exposure across the country is something he hopes the Legislature will also support.

"I'm just a private Aggie I don't have a job right now but I can tell you what I think, I think that it is a wonderful opportunity for Texas A&M University and it is a wonderful opportunity for the State of Texas because if you've got something good you want to export it," he said.

Sharp went on to say he supports the SEC move in an unofficial capacity.

"This is me talking this is not the board talking because as I mentioned I'm unemployed right now but that's my opinion and not much sense hiding it. That's just where I'm at. I have thought that for several years," Sharp said.

While some of the talk was on the SEC, a lot of it focused on his potential plans for the eleven universities in the system.

"There will be efficiencies that will have to be made to higher education, the key to them is to make sure that is it doesn't impact the core functions of the university," he added.

Figuring out what's best for the university during times of not only budget cuts but also considering cutting ties with the Big 12.

Sharp graduated from Texas A&M in 1972 and also served as student body president.

He and his family currently live in Austin.

He will be eligible to become chancellor after a state-mandated waiting period ends September 5th.

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