Texas A&M makes prudent purchase

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The Texas A&M University System wasted no time in putting its brand on a Fort Worth institution Monday after finalizing its purchase of the Texas Wesleyan School of Law.

The state’s oldest institution of higher education now has an even larger footprint in Cowtown with the Texas A&M School of Law, which the university bought for $73 million.

Joining the local branch of Tarleton State University, also an A&M System school, a larger A&M is a grand addition to Fort Worth’s expanding community of colleges and universities alongside Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Brite Divinity School, Tarrant County College and, of course, Wesleyan.

In addition to taking over the law school’s website on Monday to make the announcement, A&M President R. Bowen Loftin and two other officials sent letters to the alumni of Texas Wesleyan School of Law to welcome them to the family and assure them that “we will always remain your law school.”

With its strong alumni base, high academic rating and its high-profile sports programs, the A&M name alone will have a significant impact on the Fort Worth school, which opened in 1992 and struggled early to build a reputation as a first-class law school.

There is little doubt that A&M will have the financial resources, the administrative leadership and necessary vision to take its latest academic venture to the next level and beyond, making it a gem in the system’s acclaimed programs and one that will be more competitive with other law schools in the state and around the country.

Located at 1515 Commerce St., across from the Fort Worth Water Gardens, the school has about 750 students. With the sale’s announcement coming just before the start of the fall semester, A&M has moved swiftly to ensure that current and incoming students will have a smooth transition with the change of ownership and name change.

“Our hope is that as the law school logos change and the color scheme transitions to Aggie maroon, you will find at the law school the same professors, staff and memories that you hold so dear,” Loftin said in his letter to the alumni.

The sale was 14 months in the making, and the final result is one that is good — very good — for all involved: A&M, Wesleyan and the Fort Worth community.

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