The Texas A&M University System hosted an Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to honor the Coastal Bend 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 Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa, Chairman Todd Hunter, and Chairman Abel Herrero, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi received additional funding for education programs, financial aid, engineering research and programs. In addition, the legislature passed bills to increase funding for the Island University’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, which helps small businesses in the community to develop and succeed. The University also received funds to sustain the Hazelwood Program, benefitting student veterans and their dependents.

“We are fortunate to have a delegation of lawmakers who are as committed to serving the Coastal Bend community as we are,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “They fought daily to maintain our operational funding, so that we can stay focused on providing students with the highest-quality, cutting-edge education.”

In addition, this legislative session the Texas A&M AgriLife agencies worked diligently with the members of the Coastal Bend 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.