Texas A&M university system extends north of Dallas
Texas A&M University-Commerce will soon be making a high-profile expansion in North Dallas, announced today John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. The university will occupy the top two floors of the 8750 North Central Expressway, where it will house the headquarters of its educational and business colleges.
“This new Dallas location opens up exciting opportunities for A & M-Commerce and its students,” said Elaine Mendoza, Chairman of the Board of A&M System. “This teaching site will offer highly demanded university programs taught by incredible faculty in a prime metropolitan location.”
“We’ve been watching Dallas for some time now, and this location, right across from the NorthPark Mall – where over 322,000 people pass by each day – gives us a very visible presence so everyone knows we’ve arrived.” Chancellor John Sharp said. “We are delighted to provide more accessible, affordable and high quality educational opportunities in Dallas.”
The A & M-Commerce College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services will eventually offer many of their academic programs on the new site. The deans of both colleges will have their offices in the new location to better serve the students.
The university also plans to offer bachelor’s degrees in sustainable agriculture and food systems, agribusiness, and agricultural sciences at the Dallas site. A bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts in visual communication will also be available.
According to A&M-Commerce President Mark Rudin, classes will start on November 1, 2021 at the new location.
Rudin explained that the new Dallas location will also foster synergies with partner companies in program and workforce development and re-qualification. He stressed that the university’s close contact with the region’s dynamic business climate will stimulate innovation.
The site’s proximity to Dallas College campuses and several independent school districts will also encourage working relationships with the university’s educational partners, Rudin said.
The new Dallas location will offer enrollment management, financial aid, career services, student success teams, academic counseling and technical support. It will include shared spaces equipped with technology, an on-site fitness center, catering services and ample parking. The site is also on the Dallas area rapid transit line, making it easily accessible to students.
“This central location will bring us to the forefront of higher education in the Dallas area,” said Rudin. “This will allow A & M-Commerce to fully and effectively meet the educational needs of rural and urban students in North Texas.”
Entos Design of Dallas will lead interior design work on the new campus. Chip Harper, A&M-Commerce alumnus, chief, founder and chairman and Jordan Harper, CEO of Harrison, Walker & Harper (HWH) from Paris, Texas, were instrumental in locating the site, and Lawrence Gardner, president of WHO Strategic Advisors represented the lease. negotiations on behalf of the Texas A&M University System, Rudin said.
With the expansion of the new Dallas site, A & M-Commerce – which already operates extensive sites in Frisco, McKinney and Mesquite – will significantly increase its footprint in the Metroplex.