Purchase of Weslayn’s law school gives A&M major footprint in Cowtown

Posted Friday, Aug. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The superlatives were flying when Texas A&M President John Sharp was in Fort Worth Thursday at an event formally marking the transition of the former Texas Wesleyan School of Law to the Texas A&M School of Law.

Sharp, in praise of the school that A&M bought from the Fort Worth institution, declared that “it’s going to make the world better,” and “We’re going to make it the greatest on planet Earth.”

Then he said what a lot of people in Cowtown were waiting to hear, though not necessarily a firm commitment to keeping the law school in Fort Worth.

“We like Cowtown,” he said. “It’s our kind of place.”

A lot of people in Tarrant County hope that is true and that the tie between the state’s oldest institution of higher learning and North Texas will become stronger, not that it means anyone will betray their loyalties to other colleges and universities in the area.

The purchase of the law school instantly added a prestige program to A&M’s strong academic offerings, and an additional 750 students to its enrollment. It also added the spirit of Cowtown and Tarrant County that can be an immeasurable benefit to any institution, especially if the feelings are reciprocal.

The law school purchase price of $73.2 million in itself is a major investment in the county, and there undoubtedly will be more if indeed it is to become nationally acclaimed as promised. That, coupled with the A&M System’s Tarleton State University campus in Fort Worth, means the system’s footprint and influence are growing in the area, and that should be good news for all involved.

Along with its fan base and growing alumni, A&M will find in North Texas a philanthropic community and a committed leadership that have a prized record of supporting quality institutions. With its well-honed development and fundraising skills, the school it not likely to waste any time before trying to mine those opportunities.

For a law school that was born here, nurtured here and developed into a quality place worthy of the A&M brand, it seems only fitting that it should remain and continue to grow in Cowtown.

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