Chancellor and Mrs. John Sharp
To Campus, on Thursday
by: Bobby McDonald
It was a warm welcome at Texas A&M University-Commerce, on Thursday, at the arrival of Texas A&M University Chancellor and Mrs. John Sharp. Sharp who was named to the position in September of 2011, arrived to an overwhelming response by faculty and students, as they attended a press conference and reception hosted in Commerce. "I'm extremely excited to come to Northeast Texas and share with you the success of TAMU-C," advised Sharp, who has a strong background in state government. "I've looked forward to coming and to commend you on your great campus, the level of education, and the continued growth in this university, since you joined the Texas A&M University System."
A former Aggie, graduate of Texas A&M University, and former member of the TAMU Corps of Cadets, Sharp assumed the role of one of the largest university systems in the nation and told of the vital role that the system must maintain to continue to give its graduates the "cutting edge" in the job marketplace. "We must remain more than competitive and continue the traditions that the TAMU system has brought to the career markets all across the nation," advised Sharp. "We've always demanded a higher standard and must continue to take that torch all across the world, as we send the best graduates out into the marketplace!"
Sharp, fromer Texas State Comptroller and finishing a career in state government, knows the challenges "first hand" of the education system in Texas and pledged to do his part in seeing that the funds are directed to where they are most needed.
A native of Victoria, Texas, Sharp praised the historic tradition of the former East Texas Teacher's College, East Texas State University, and now TAMU-C, as he talked about he rich, rich heritage that the Commerce University has maintained in Northeast Texas. "All I can say to those of you who wear those rings and have a diploma on your wall from our predecessors in this region, I promise to make each of you proud that you made the decision to join the Texas A&M University System!"
Following a brief press conference, Chancellor and Mrs. Sharp then met with Texas A&M University-C students and faculty members, as they made their way to a reception held in their honor, in the newly constructed Sam Rayburn Center. "I'm in awe to walk in these halls, named after such a distinguished national leader, as Sam Rayburn," denoted Sharp. "The rich heritage and leadership he displayed for Northeast Texas, is unmatched by anyone!"
Local business leaders, including those from Alliance Bank and Guaranty Bond Bank, were among those that enjoyed visiting with Chancellor and Mrs. Sharp, at the reception on campus, Thursday afternoon.