The newest Chancellor over the Texas A&M System, John Sharp, made a special visit to the Kingsville campus Monday.
The Chancellor was able to tour several of the university's programs and research centers. This was a rare visit, the Chancellor calling Texas A&M Kingsville, the university of the future for this part of the world.
3News was there as the Chancellor toured the National Toxins Research Center, one of his many stops on campus. Sharp who is a former Texas Comptroller became the new Chancellor of the Texas A&M System in September 2011. He said the Kingsville campus has grown in the past 2 1/2 years by 18%.
But with growth comes the need for future funding. He said, one of the good things about being a member of a large system is that they can loan money to continue to add buildings and research centers to the campus. He said, the A&M System is putting together a fund to recruit professors from some of the more economically challenged states.
"I think with every crisis there is an opportunity, the opportunity is to bring the rest of the nation to look at universities like this, bring them and their research here," says Chancellor Sharp.
Sharp told us the research at the Kingsville campus is mind boggling. The Chancellor overseas the entire 19 member A&M system.
His visit is wrapping up as we speak with a reception and dinner at the university.
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