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Tarleton, A&M System honor Waco area legislators
Friend of the A&M System Gathered for the presentation of Chancellor John Sharp's "Friend of The Texas A&M University System" awards are (l-r) Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio, McLennan Community College President Dr. Johnette McKown, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, state Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson, state Rep. Kyle Kacal and Tommy Williams, vice chancellor of federal and state relations for the A&M System.

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 31, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University, in conjunction with The Texas A&M University System, today honored Waco area members of the Texas Legislature for their commitment and outstanding work during the 83rd legislative session.

Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell (TX-22), state Reps. Charles “Doc” Anderson (Dist. 56) and Kyle Kacal (Dist. 12) received Chancellor John Sharp’s “Friend of The Texas A&M University System Award” during a reception hosted by McLennan Community College and Tarleton representatives on the Waco campus.

Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio and Tommy Williams, a former state senator and now vice chancellor of federal and state relations for The Texas A&M University System, presented the awards. Also welcoming the legislators to the reception was Dr. Johnette McKown, president of MCC, the first of Tarleton’s top academic partner institutions.

“Through our shared commitment to the future of Texas, The Texas A&M University System and our state legislators are leading the way for quality higher education across our nation,” Dottavio said. “It is a pleasure to work with dedicated public servants such as Senator Birdwell and state Representatives Anderson and Kacal, and I commend their efforts during the 83rd legislative session.”


The members of the 83rd Legislature worked tirelessly to tackle problems and make investments into higher education and the A&M System, Williams said. As a result, Texas students will have access to more financial aid at universities statewide, including the restoration of nearly $120 million in general revenue for TEXAS grants, while,, student veterans and their dependents will benefit from a sustainable Hazlewood program, he added.

The partnership between Tarleton and MCC spans 10 years, with the community college being the university’s top academic and strategic partner in providing higher educational opportunities in the Central Texas area. Offering courses for completion of 24 bachelor’s, nine master’s and a doctoral degree program through the University Center at MCC, Tarleton serves as the largest university partner with MCC.

About The Texas A&M University System

The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 125,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
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Friend of the A&M System

Gathered for the presentation of Chancellor John Sharp's "Friend of The Texas A&M University System" awards are (l-r) Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio, McLennan Community College President Dr. Johnette McKown, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, state Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson, state Rep. Kyle Kacal and Tommy Williams, vice chancellor of federal and state relations for the A&M System.