By: Marybeth Cleavelin
Texas A&M University Board of Regents selected former Texas Comptroller John Sharp as the system’s new chancellor last week.
Sharp was named the sole finalist for the position on August 15 but according to state law, could not be given the title for 21 days.
A top issue plaguing Texas this year was budget cuts to public education. As comptroller and former state senator, Sharp brings political and budgetary experience.
The A&M System is one of the largest in the nation and runs an annual budget of $3.3 billion.
As chancellor, Sharp will be in charge of 11 universities, a health science center, 120,000 students and seven state agencies.