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A&M chancellor Sharp visits Tarleton
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 13, 2011
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University welcomed John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, for his inaugural visit to the campus since being appointed leader of the 19-member system on Aug. 15.
Tarleton’s faculty, staff and students gave Sharp a warm Texan welcome on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and treated his official visit as an opportunity to showcase many of the university’s ongoing research efforts, new state-of-the-art facilities and cross-agency initiatives. The chancellor also expressed his excitement for the future of the A&M System and how he expects Tarleton and other sister institutions to continue their roles in educating students and solving problems through research.
“I am very fortunate to be called chancellor of this great system,” said Sharp. “One of my principle jobs is to work with our state’s leaders to make sure you have access to the resources you all need to produce the results the people of Texas expect of our public universities.”
Sharp, a public servant since age 27 when he was elected a state representative, said his visit to Tarleton was to help him gain a better understanding of the university in order to become a strong advocate for the institution.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of the A&M System and to be here at Tarleton, the third-oldest member of the system,” he said. “Tarleton’s role in the system has always been one of the finest educational institutions in the state of Texas, particularly in regards to agricultural research and innovation.”
Sharp was greeted by faculty, staff and local dignitaries at the Southwest Regional Dairy Center. Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton, introduced Sharp to the crowd before the chancellor toured the facility with Dr. Don Cawthon, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The chancellor also visited the university’s Welcome Center and Office of School Relations, and was provided a personal tour of the campus which included stops at the Center for Agribusiness Excellence (CAE), the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER), the Recreational Sports Complex and the university’s newest residential hall, as well as the Barry B. Thompson Student Center where he visited with representatives of several spirit organizations.
Sharp also met with Dr. Mark Littleton and the staff of the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities before having lunch at the Trogdon House with student government representatives and administrators from the Division of Student Life.
Dottavio again introduced Sharp during a general assembly held in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center that included a performance by the university’s chamber choir.
“It is a testament of his character that he has made a point very early on in his tenure as chancellor of the system to find out what it is that the A&M System is about and to learn more about all of these great institutions and agencies,” Dottvaio said when introducing Sharp. “We’ve shown him why so many people ‘bleed purple’ and have so much pride for Tarleton, and we’re pleased to have him as a special guest on campus today.
“Mr. Sharp has been a public servant for decades, making a difference in the lives of Texans,” Dottavio said. “He has set a goal of making the A&M System and its institutions the very best educational system in the nation, and I have no doubt that he is a leader who can make it happen.”
Sharp then held discussions with members of Tarleton’s Staff Council, Faculty Senate, Academic Council and the president’s Executive Cabinet before touring the Nursing Building where he had the opportunity to visit with nursing students before attending a reception in his honor. Guests included elected officials, directors of the Tarleton Foundation, alumni and friends of the university.
Dr. David Snyder and student volunteers with Tarleton’s Equine Assisted Therapy (TREAT) program concluded the chancellor’s visit, explaining the benefits children and adults with physical or mental disabilities receive from horseback riding.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye