John Sharp

Texas A&M University System

John Sharp was appointed Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System by the Board of Regents on Sept. 6, 2011. On September 7, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott named him the commissioner of the Governor’s Commissioner to Rebuild Texas, which is dedicated to rebuilding critical public infrastructure along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As Chancellor, Sharp leads one of the nation’s largest systems with an annual budget of $4.7 billion. Enrollment at the A&M System’s 11 universities has grown to more than 152,000, and externally funded research expenditures are in excess of $972 million. The System’s flagship, Texas A&M University, stands among the nation’s top 20 research universities for total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Sharp brings with him more than three decades of public service. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University in 1972, where he was a member of the Corps staff of the Corps of Cadets, a member of the 1972 rugby team and was elected student body president. Upon graduation, Sharp was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.

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