Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp to retire in June 2025

Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp will retire June 30, 2025. He is the university’s longest serving chancellor, having held the role for almost 14 years.

Sharp published a letter July 1 announcing his retirement. As chancellor, Sharp has led the university through some of its most successful years, ranked as the top Texas university in 2023. During his tenure, the university increased its enrollment by more than 25%. In addition, the university added the Texas A&M School of Law, which rose faster in the national ranking than any other in history.

Among his accomplishments, Sharp helped pioneer more than 306 projects worth $11.4 billion to improve facilities at all 11 Texas A&M System universities and eight state agencies. These projects included building and renovating athletics facilities throughout the System. Kyle Field, one of the most notable athletics projects, now seats more than 102,000 people and is the fourth biggest football stadium in the nation.

During his tenure, Sharp oversaw the transformation of Riverside Campus into Texas A&M RELLIS. RELLIS is an innovative tech hub devoted to supporting research and development of technologies for national defense and other applications. The System and the state have invested more than $1 billion into RELLIS since its founding in 2016.

Sharp brought decades of public service experience with him when he joined Texas A&M in 2011. He began his career in 1978 after he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He would later serve in the Texas Senate, on the Texas Railroad Commission and twice as state comptroller.

The Texas A&M Board of Regents will conduct a national search over the course of the next year to find a successor for Sharp.

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