COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Regents created a special oversight committee for Los Alamos National Laboratory today, appointing Regents Charles Schwartz, Elaine Mendoza and Anthony Buzbee. Regent Schwartz will serve as chairman.
The three regents will advise the board’s management of our nation’s premier nuclear weapons research facility.
On Nov. 1, The Texas A&M University System assumed its oversight role at Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of Triad National Security. The members of Triad are The Texas A&M University System, Battelle Memorial Institute and the University of California.
Los Alamos National Laboratory is known worldwide as the once-Top Secret birthplace of the atomic bomb. Today the laboratory employs more than 11,000 employees and has an annual operating budget of more than $2.5 billion. Its work remains both highly technical and critical to our national security.
“The nation’s top nuclear asset is in good hands with The Texas A&M University System,” Chancellor John Sharp said. “This Special Committee for Oversight of Los Alamos National Laboratory will be this Board’s eyes and ears, and I am confident each member is up to this critical task.”
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.7 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.