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"I envision an institution that will become the premier comprehensive regional university in the nation."

A Message from President James L. Hurley

It has been an exciting first few weeks since I accepted the position as Tarleton State University’s 16th president. I have met so many great people inside and outside the university, participated in the grand openings of our high-tech Engineering Building and iconic Memorial Stadium, joined the Class of 2023 for convocation and Howdy Week, and moved our family into the Trogdon House.

Three things quickly stand out to me. First, Tarleton lives up to its reputation as an inviting, caring place to be. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp promised that I’d love Tarleton and immediately feel at home. He was right. Thanks to the warm welcome of this upbeat university, my family and I feel very much a part of Texan Nation.

Second, an extraordinary spirit and rich traditions are indeed Tarleton hallmarks. From the Purple POO, Purple Thursdays, the Plowboys, and Corps of Cadets to the pursuit of academic excellence and student success, Tarleton delivers on its promises. I’m honored to join and support our great traditions.

Third, Tarleton State University has always been grounded in educational opportunity. As a first-generation college graduate, I am passionate about working with students, having a chance to mentor them, learning about their hopes and dreams, and enjoying shared successes across the Tarleton community.

My distinguished predecessors have built a strong foundation for a vibrant future, and I am committed — with the help of our outstanding faculty and staff, and the A&M System regents — to moving us ever closer to being the premier comprehensive regional university in the nation.

Dr. James L. Hurley

Dr. James L. Hurley