Names and Faces: John Sharp

Published: Jun. 2, 2017 at 9:10 AM CDT
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You may know John Sharp as Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.

What you may not know is why he decided to become an Aggie.

In 2011, John Sharp became the Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System; but his connection to A&M started with a bird.

"Basically I went here because of a pigeon." said Sharp. "When I was 11-years-old the pigeon got run over by a grain truck. I tied a popsicle stick on its wing and for some reason it started flying again. My mother was one of those mothers who says 'You're 11-years-old and you haven't decided what you want to be?' So she said you should be a veterinarian! Then she bought me a bunch of Aggie paraphernalia which I wore. That was how the decision was made to go there."

Sharp didn't become a veterinarian, instead he joined the Corps of Cadets. He says that decision gave him his real start in life.

"That was the best decision I ever made was joining the corps," said Sharp.

Sharp started his career in politics as the Student Body President at A&M. From there -- he was elected to the Texas House and Senate and several state offices.

Sharp says his biggest challenges in government actually happened at Texas A&M.

"I thought it took a lot more skill to get elected student body president at A&M than state representative in Victoria, " Sharp said. "There's so many different groups you had to deal with on the A&M campus."

The chancellor is excited about how much growth is happening at the school and hopes he can leave his mark on Aggieland.

"If we can match the academics and the research with the kind of students that we have, and what they deserve, we'll continue to be one of the top universities in the world," Sharp said.