System Chancellor to Hold Public Forum in Commerce

Feb 1, 2012

COMMERCE - John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, will host a public forum at 4:00 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2 in the Alumni Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The event is open to the community, and will serve as a time for the public to ask Sharp about issues concerning higher education, and learn more about his vision for A&M-Commerce.

The public forum will cap off a day filled with campus tours, meetings with university administrators and a student leader forum that will allow Sharp to discuss issues directly impacting the lives of students.

A Meet and Greet Reception will follow from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. in The Club (1st floor, Sam Rayburn Student Center).  This is an opportunity for members of the community and campus to get acquainted with the Chancellor and his wife, Charlotte, while they are visiting campus. 

Sharp has served as chancellor of the A&M System since September 2011. As chancellor, Sharp leads the 19-member system, which has an annual budget of $3.3 billion. Enrollment at the A&M System’s 11 universities and health science center has grown to more than 120,000, and externally funded research expenditures are in excess of $780 million.

Sharp brings with him more than three decades of public service. He is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University and later earned a master's degree in public administration from Texas State University. He came to the A&M System from Ryan & Company, where he was a principal with the largest state and local tax consulting firm of its kind in Texas.