From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2009
Contact: Janice McCoy
(512) 463-0124

Fraser Pleased with Creation of Texas A&M University-Central Texas

AUSTIN — The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certified that Texas A&M University - Central Texas has exceeded the minimum threshold of full-time equivalent students (FTSE) on Thursday. This action means that Texas A&M University-Central Texas becomes the 10th independent university in the Texas A&M System. The spring 2009 FTSE count was 1,204, which was 204 FTSE over the required minimum.

Legislation authored by Senator Troy Fraser in 1997 created the university system center plan to develop a public, upper-level university in Bell County. Since that time, Fraser has worked with his Texas House of Representative colleagues to make this university a reality - through increased state funding and changes to the university system center benchmarks.

"Since I was first sworn in to the Texas Senate in 1997, I have been working to bring upper-level public higher education to the Killeen-Temple area," Fraser said. "It only makes sense that such a progressive area should have affordable, accessible, high-quality education available to all its citizens. In today's competitive, high-tech market, a quality education is the cornerstone to success."

Also on Thursday, the US Army and the Texas A&M University System signed an agreement to transfer 662 acres from Fort Hood to the Texas A&M University System. In payment for this permanent campus site, Texas A&M-Central Texas will provide classroom space to Fort Hood and the Army for the next 16 years.

"This session, I am working with Representative Jimmy Don Aycock to ensure that Texas A&M-Central Texas can access the tuition revenue bonds approved by the Texas Legislature in 2006," Fraser said. "With the $25 million in bonds and the land, we will take a significant step in helping this institution function as an independent campus."

"The State of Texas derives substantial economic benefits from Fort Hood and it is vitally important that our state do its part to retain and expand the base," said Fraser. "Bringing higher education to the community is just one way that we can show the state's commitment to our military service personnel at Fort Hood."