May 2, 2012 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chancellor to Speak at WTAMU Commencement
CANYON, Texas—John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, will serve as guest speaker when West Texas A&M University conducts its spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 12 at the First United Bank Center on campus.
The chancellor will speak twice: at the 10 a.m. commencement for students in the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering, the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and again at the 3 p.m. commencement for students in the College of Business and the College of Education and Social Sciences.
A total of 908 students have applied for spring graduation, including 740 undergraduates and 168 graduate students.
Sharp, who was appointed as chancellor in September 2011, has more than three decades of public service to his credit. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1976 and was named “Outstanding Freshman” that year by Texas Monthly. In 1982 he won a seat in the Texas Senate and four years later, Sharp was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission. His work in public office continued when he was named state comptroller in 1990 and was re-elected again in 1994. As the state comptroller, Sharp fulfilled his pledge to “make government work more like our most successful businesses” by reinventing Texas state government and saving taxpayers billions of dollars. His efforts also helped avoid a state income tax.
He also has been a successful small business owner and came to The Texas A&M University System from the tax consulting firm of Ryan and Company.
Sharp earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1972 from Texas A&M University, where he served as the student body president. He also was a member of the Corps staff of the Corps of Cadets and after graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves. Sharp earned a master’s degree in public administration from Southwest Texas State University.
West Texas A&M University conducts three commencement ceremonies each year, in December, May and August.