The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System met Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, in the Memorial Student Union Building to discuss issues relating to all system universities and facilities and to amend budgets for the coming years.
The Regents also designated 11 professors and seven fellows within the A&M System as Regents Professor or Regents Fellow for 2011-12. Among those honored as Regents Professors was Dr. Kathleen Rees, A&M-Kingsville professor of human sciences.
“These awards are an opportunity for us to recognize the outstanding work our faculty and staff are doing throughout the A&M System,” said Dr. Richard A. Box, chairman of the Board of Regents. “The recipients come from different backgrounds and areas of expertise, but the common thread they have is their dedication to their professions and the A&M System.”
To date, 166 A&M System faculty members have been recognized with the Regents Professor Award and 96 agency professionals have received the Regents Fellow Service Award
A&M-Kingsville has had 13 Regents Professors, eight of which are arts and sciences and five being agriculture. Rees is the second woman to earn the designation for the university.
Among the items approved by the System Board of Regents during the open session of their official meeting were:
- Approved to amend the FY 2013-FY 2017 capital plan to change the fiscal year start date for the Kyle Field renovation-Phase I Project at Texas A&M University—A&M System;
- Approved to amend the FY 2013-FY 2017 capital plan to add the Pandemic Influenza Facility Project for the A&M System with a FY 2013 start date—A&M System; and
- Approved preliminary authority for new Bachelor of Science degree with a major in petroleum engineering, and authorization to request approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board —Texas A&M International University;
The Regents were also updated on the implementation of the system ethics and compliance program by Ray Bonilla, general counsel, and Janet Smalley, system ethics and compliance officer.
Fred Heldenfels, chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Raymund Paredes, commissioner of Higher Education in Texas, discussed the “Meeting the Goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015 and Planning for the Future initiative for the state.
Thomas Palladino, executive director, Texas Veterans Commission, gave a presentation on his organization and Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M president, spoke about efficients at the College State University.
John Sharp, chancellor of the A&M System, was especially proud of those who were recognized as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows.
“We have so many outstanding people working for the A&M System and these awards are a way to honor the special men and women for all that they do for the people of Texas,” Sharp said. “Some of these recipients are researchers, some are teachers and all are examples of the innovations and excellence that makes the A&M System so special.”