A new Academic Complex at Texas A&M University at Galveston will accommodate increasing student enrollment and offer an updated learning environment.
Laura Mae Hinson ’17 grew up in an Aggie family, and she knew at an early age that Texas A&M Galveston had captured her heart. Her late father James ’83, a biologist, imparted to her a love for nature, the sea and all things environmental.
Hinson became dive-certified at age 16 and fell in love with the underwater world. Now an ocean and coastal resources major who will graduate in May, she appreciates the intimacy that a small campus like Galveston affords her. Hers is a story that I feel repeats itself in the lives of more than 2,400 other Aggies who are studying marine and maritime studies at the university’s Galveston campus, which lies 145 miles southeast of College Station.
Established in 1962 as a marine laboratory, the Galveston campus has transformed from 35 acres of land donated by the late George P. Mitchell ’40, one of Texas A&M’s most generous donors, to a vibrant, dynamic and prosperous branch campus of Texas A&M University focused on marine sciences and maritime affairs.
As an extension of the Aggie flagship, we are fully committed to answering the call of President Michael K. Young to make Texas A&M a national leader in recruiting and retaining the most diverse talent pool of students like Hinson, as well as faculty and staff. As part of the university’s
Lead by Example campaign, we launched an initiative in early 2015 called “Wave of Change” to advance our institution in the face of unprecedented growth. Our first step was to build the new Texas A&M Maritime Academy Hall, a residential facility that opened in January 2016 to house our Corps of Cadets. Our second and most impactful step comes in the form of a three-phase Academic Complex under construction on the north side of campus.
As a true front door and gateway to our campus, the Academic Complex will provide a lasting first impression to prospective students and their families, donors, dignitaries and campus guests when it opens this fall. This new building will also further solidify our reputation as one of the premier marine-oriented campuses in the nation.
Discovery Meets the Classroom
Enrollment of students pursuing marine and maritime studies at the Galveston campus has steadily increased for many years, and our strategic plan calls for enrollment growth of 15 to 20 percent within the next five years. To accommodate this growth, we need facilities that will offer an updated and innovative learning environment.
The new Academic Complex will best serve students’ needs for better quality both inside and outside the classroom. This state-of-the-art facility will support a variety of learning uses, including formal lecture delivery, open study environments and 21st century hands-on instruction in chemistry, physics and geographic information systems labs. Within these spaces, our students and faculty can tackle complex issues facing the marine and maritime worlds.