Houston Forward Times | Dr. George Wright Stepping Down as President of Prairie View A&M University – Texas News

Houston Forward Times | Dr. George Wright Stepping Down as President of Prairie View A&M University – Texas News

This past Tuesday, Dr. George Wright announced that he plans to step down as President of Prairie View A&M University after having served the University and the Texas A&M System for the past 14 years.

“I have served this University and the Texas A&M System for 14 years, and I am proud of the progress that we have made in that time,” said Dr. Wright. “But for all of us, the time comes to lay down the responsibilities that go with a job like this one and focus on other things.”

While serving as President at Prairie View, Dr. Wright also continued to teach and do research, and had always expressed a desire to devote his time to the classroom, which is what he plans to do by focusing on teaching history full-time after an interim President is named.

“I want to thank President Wright for his steadfast leadership,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “He touched a generation of students and faculty, and he changed lives for the better. He is to be commended, and we will miss him greatly.”

Under the leadership of Dr. Wright, Prairie View’s enrollment grew from 6,500 to 9,000, while the University was nominated for five HBCU awards in 2015, including HBCU of the Year, Business Program of the Year and Nursing Program of the Year.

Dr. Wright also helped create doctorates in Education, Engineering, Nursing Practice and Juvenile Justice; established the degree programs at the Northwest Houston Center; creating the Honors College; established the Confucius Institute; led the Undergraduate Medical Academy to exceed the national average of students accepted into Medical School; opened several state…

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