Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M University System Appreciation Reception for South Texas Legislators

KINGSVILLE - November 07, 2013

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Featured in Photo (L-R): Dr. Indra K. Reddy, dean and professor of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy; John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System; Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27; Texas State Representative J.M. Lozano, District 43; Texas A&M University-Kingsville president Dr. Steven Tallant

The Texas A&M University System hosted an Appreciation Reception on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville to honor the South Texas members of the Texas State Senate and House of Representatives for their commitment and outstanding work during the 83rd legislative session.  

“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,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M System. “It has been a pleasure to work with such dedicated public servants and I commend their efforts during the 83rd legislative session.” 

This year, thanks to the efforts of Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Representative J.M. Lozano, Texas A&M University-Kingsville received funding for environmental engineering and veterinary technology programs as well as funding for the Citrus Center in Weslaco, which conducts research to address disease, pests, drought and other issues facing the citrus industry.  The University also received funds to sustain the Hazelwood Program, benefiting student veterans and their dependents. 

“We are thankful for the support and dedication of the South Texas delegation,” said Dr. Steven H. Tallant, President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. “Throughout the session, they demonstrated a genuine and constant commitment to education in our region and beyond, and their efforts truly helped create opportunities for us. 

In addition, the Texas A&M AgriLife agencies worked diligently with the members of the South Texas delegation to ensure that that the water, agricultural production, and workforce development needs of Texans were addressed through AgriLife programming. 

The Legislature also recognized the importance the Texas A&M Health Science Center by providing much-needed formula funding to support the growing student body, now at more than 2,200.  During the session, the Health Science Center worked with other stakeholders to help craft solutions for Graduate Medical Education in Texas.  The end result was six new programs with approximately $16 million to provide much-needed physician residency training positions. 

About the A&M 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 $780 million and help drive the state’s economy. 

About Texas A&M University-Kingsville

With a focus on teaching and research programs, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the oldest comprehensive institution of higher education in South Texas. Well-known departments include music, engineering, wildlife and agriculture. The biomedical sciences department houses the National Natural Toxins Research Center, an internationally recognized program that studies the benefits of snake-venom toxins. Other prestigious research entities include the Citrus Center, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center, the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management, Eagle Ford Center for Research, Education and Outreach, and the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment. Texas A&M-Kingsville is home to nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with more than 40 bachelor’s degrees, approximately 40 master’s degrees and six doctoral degrees available in many fields.  

About Texas A&M AgriLife

Texas A&M AgriLife works with members of The Texas A&M University System statewide — and with other public and private partners to address today’s most critical issues in agricultural production and economics, environmental stewardship, animal and public health, and energy development for the future. 

About Texas A&M Health Science Center

The Texas A&M Health Science Center is meeting the needs of Texans by training health care professionals in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and public health to serve our state.  The HSC is a national leader in addressing the physician workforce shortage, with a focus on primary care and providing service to medically underserved areas of Texas.  


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