August 5, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas— John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, is scheduled to present to the A&M System Board of Regents on Thursday, Aug. 8, a proposal for the renaming of the John B. Connally Building to the Moore-Connally Building in honor of William Tyler “Bill” Moore, who left an indelible mark on the Texas A&M System and Texas A&M University.
“Senator Bill Moore is a giant among Texas A&M former students,” said Phil Adams, chairman of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. “No legislator, past or present, has accomplished more for our great university system.”
“There is no other public servant that has had as much an impact on the success of the A&M System as Bill Moore,” said Sharp. “He is largely responsible for the A&M System’s status as a world-class system of higher education. We will continue to build upon his legacy.”
Moore graduated from Texas A&M University in 1940 and taught at the university until he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps to serve in WWII. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1946, where he remained until his election to the Senate in 1949, where he served the people of Brazos County until 1981.
Moore left public service known as the “father of the modern Texas A&M University” and the “Bull of the Brazos.” Throughout his tenure as a lawmaker, he authored or sponsored more than 50 pieces of legislation directly benefiting the A&M System by increasing appropriations and growth opportunities for member institutions. Moore worked to expand the physical presence of the A&M System and fought to obtain additional funding and resources. No other legislator has procured more funding for the A&M System.
Moore’s largest contribution to the A&M System was made in the form of modernizing the way the A&M System functions. He is credited as being the driving force behind the acceptance of women into Texas A&M in 1963. Moore’s tenure was filled with legislation that is reflected in modern operations, from the structure of the A&M System Board of Regents, to the operation of Texas A&M AgriLife.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, nine agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
Contact: Steven B. Moore