The President's Perspective
3:54 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Jones on tuition bonds: 'There's still hope'

Last month, Dr. Jones discussed with our audience the fact that while the Texas legislature had failed to pass bills that would allow state universities to construct new academic buildings, there was a chance that the first special session would finalize the deal. It did not.

Congressman Ralph Hall addresses a crowd gathered for the signing-over ceremony at Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rockwall on July 2, 2013
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications

The second special session of the legislature began this week, and Governor Rick Perry has yet to add tuition revenue bonds (TRBs) back to the agenda. Dr. Jones talks about the effect this yet-to-pass bill would have on higher education in Texas. That and a brief discussion of the gift Congressman Ralph Hall made to A&M-Commerce are part of the second segment of this month's episode.

In the first segment, guest Ryan Ivey, A&M-Commerce Athletic Director, shares notes from behind the scenes of an NCAA Division II softball startup. Ivey also shares exciting information about the newly-designed playing surface being installed at Memorial Stadium.

Hear both segments here:

Dr. Dan Jones chats with A&M-C AD Ryan Ivey about softball and new turf.
Dr. Jones talks with Jerrod Knight about the odds of the TRB bill passing in the second special session. Also, Ralph Hall made a substantial gift to the A&M-Commerce Library collection.

The President's Perspective is a monthly half-hour chat with the president and CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce. The program is made possible by support from KETR's members, and is produced by Jerrod Knight in the KETR studios, in historic Binnion Hall on the University campus.