September 26th, 2011 03:41 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Morrill Act, SEC, United States, Vanderbilt University
Mike Slive and University of Florida president Bernie Machen will be in College Station this evening to extend a laurel and hearty handshake to Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin. According to Loftin, A&M students, staff and the public are invited to attend the celebration marking the Aggies entry into the SEC.
“Howdy from your President!” the invitation begins:
“This is an historic time in Aggieland. Yesterday, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) — the nation’s preeminent collegiate athletic conference — invited Texas A&M to become its 13th member, effective July 1, 2012. And we have accepted enthusiastically.
By charting our own course, we can assure that Texas A&M wil lbe part of the athletic conference that will provide us with national visibility, as well as greater financial opportunity and conference stability, starting next summer and for decades to come.
Like Texas A&M, eight of the 12 current SEC member institutions owe their origins to the Morrill Act of 1862, which revolutionized higher education through the creation of land-grant universities. And, like Texas A&M, SEC members have achieved national and international prominence. For example, two universities — Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida — are members, with Texas A&M, in the elite Association of American Universities, which has just 61 members in the United States and Canada.
Our counterparts int he SEC are much like Texas A&M in other fundamental ways as well: they celebrate their rich histories and perpetuate their unique traditions, they are passionate on the playing field and in the stands, and they are united in their commitment to instilling core values that will prepare future generations of leaders for our nation and world.”
The celebration will be held at Kyle Field.
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