Texas A&M University President M. Katherine Banks delivered the 2022 State of the University Address September 28 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on campus.
Dr. Banks echoed Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp's recent assessment that the University is entering a golden age, citing three reasons.
"Most importantly, we have strong alignment of leadership among the Board of Regents, the Chancellor, university leaders and affiliate organizations and foundations," Banks said. "We have an availability of resources thanks to strong support from our state and nation, as well as our selfless benefactors. And finally, we have a strong organizational foundation."
The president gave attention to a wide range of topics, from improving the student educational experience, to new investments in faculty and staff, to implementation of the administrative reorganization underway known as the Path Forward. She said talented individuals can be transformative.
"But opportunity at Texas A&M doesn’t stop at the classroom door," Banks added. "It’s manifested when bold research ideas become life-saving products; when communities grow and prosper because of our partnership; and when our students graduate to become leaders of character."
Dr. Banks has served as Texas A&M University President since June 2021. She is also Vice Chancellor of National Laboratories and National Security Strategic Initiatives for the Texas A&M University System. Prior to becoming the University's 26th president, Banks was vice chancellor of engineering and dean of Texas A&M’s College of Engineering for nine years.
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The Texas A&M University System, the headquarters to state agencies under its purview and its flagship university all call the Brazos Valley home. Texas A&M University alone boasts more than $1 billion in annual R&D expenditures and one of the largest student bodies in the nation.