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The Inauguration Celebration for

Dr. James L. Hurley

February 27 - 29, 2020

James Hurley, 16th President of Tarleton State University

Dr. James L. Hurley will be installed on February 28, 2020, as Tarleton State University’s 16th president during a three-day inauguration celebration that begins with an event for students the evening before and culminates with a gala Feb. 29.

Dr. Hurley began his tenure in August 2019, providing the vision for a comprehensive curriculum serving more than 13,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, Bryan, and online. Prior to Tarleton, he was president of Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tenn.

In his first six months at Tarleton, Dr. Hurley has already accomplished much.

He has partnered with area school districts to provide scholarships and guaranteed admission to qualifying seniors. He signed a new memorandum of understanding with Tarrant County College and celebrated the opening of a shared spaced on the fifth floor of TCC’s Trinity West Fork Building in downtown Fort Worth, and discussion is ongoing for the second building of Tarleton’s Fort Worth location along Chisholm Trail Parkway.

Effective July 2020, the Tarleton Texans join the Western Athletic Conference and transition to NCAA Division I. The move will raise the university’s profile and grow the value of a Tarleton degree.

Dr. Hurley’s installation ceremony takes place at 10:30 a.m. in the Wisdom Gymnasium on the Stephenville campus. The public is invited. In addition to Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, speakers will include state and higher education leaders. Delegates representing a range of colleges and universities will participate in a processional.

Sponsorship opportunities for The Presidential Gala — An Evening in Purple — are available through the Office of Development at 254-968-9769. Gala tickets ($1,000 for a table of eight, or $150 per person) can be purchased online.

Proceeds will support The John Tarleton Promise Program, being announced at the Gala to help worthy high school seniors realize their dream of a university education.

True to tradition, Tarleton Distinguished Alumni and President’s Legacy Award recipients will be honored at the gala.

Schedule of Events

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Student Celebration

7 p.m., Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Installation Ceremony

10:30 a.m., Friday, February 28, 2020

Wisdom Gymnasium, Stephenville, Texas

This marks only the 16th time in Tarleton’s 120-year history to install a president. The public is invited. Speakers include Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and state and higher education leaders. Delegates representing a range of colleges and universities will participate in a processional.

Inauguration Gala - An Evening in Purple

6 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020

Wisdom Gymnasium, Stephenville, Texas

Tarleton Distinguished Alumni and President’s Legacy Awards recipients will be honored. Tickets ($1,000 for a table of eight, or $150 per person) are available. Proceeds will support The Tarleton Promise, being announced at the Gala to help worthy high school seniors realize their dream of a university education.