Texas A&M System Regents OK Budget, Capital Projects
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents on Thursday approved a $9.6 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2022 and added $551.5 million in new projects to the System’s five-year capital plan.
The new operating budget represents a 53 percent increase although most of the additional money is federal “pass-through” dollars managed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the System’s newest state agency. Excluding this and the additional federal support provided by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the A&M System’s day-to-day operations increased 7 percent over the current year. That 7 percent figure includes additional state appropriations and an increase in research funding.
The new five-year capital plan totals more than $1.9 billion, with almost $1.4 billion of previously approved projects that are either in design or under construction. The $551.5 million in possible future projects, pending the Board’s final approval of each project, includes:
- Exterior renovation of the Academic Building at Texas A&M
- Phase II of The Gardens at Texas A&M
- Dock improvements at the Texas A&M’s Galveston campus
- Parking garage at Tarleton State University
- Dorm renovation at West Texas A&M
- Student Services Building and recreation center expansion at Texas A&M-Commerce
- Renovations to the Borlaug Southern Crop Improvement Center, AgriLife Research
- Nuclear Engineering Education Building for Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
- Physical plant projects and equipment replacement at various campuses and agencies
In other news, the Board named Dr. Amy Swinford as the sole finalist to become director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
The Board also appointed Dr. Y.A. “Joe” Elabd as interim vice chancellor for research at the Texas A&M System. Elabd, who had been associate dean for research in the Texas A&M College of Engineering, replaces Dr. Jon Mogford, who has been named to lead the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
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 $6.3 billion. The Texas A&M System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts each year. Systemwide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and helped drive the state’s economy.
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