A&M–Central Texas Celebrates 15 Years in Killeen

Jonathan Petty
March 25, 2024

A&M–Central Texas Celebrates 15 Years in Killeen

Texas A&M University–Central Texas is marking its 15th anniversary through a series of special messages, publications, and social media programs designed to celebrate its first decade-and-a-half and look to future growth and expansion of the state’s only upper-division university.

Although its historical ties date back to the 1970s, A&M–Central Texas was officially chartered as the 11th member of the Texas A&M University System on May 27, 2009. Since then, the university has moved to its existing site off Clear Creek in south Killeen, issued more than 10,000 degrees, and developed a curriculum designed to build a well-educated workforce in Central Texas with degree knowledge and skills valuable to local industry employers. The university continues to grow, adding new degree programs and starting construction on a new building that will further enhance its plans for expansion.

For the next three months, the university will mark its anniversary through publications, informative programs, and a series of social media posts that focus on accomplishments, retrospectives, and interesting facts about the previous 15 years.

Newly appointed university president Richard Rhodes, Ph.D. is excited to be starting his administration with recognition of the anniversary.

“This year marks a significant milestone in our university’s history,” he said in a video address that will appear on social media and a special web page. “I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude and optimism as we celebrate our achievements over the last 15 years and look toward the future.”

Rhodes plans to use this time and focus to build support for the university. A&M–Central Texas has adopted a master plan that outlines significant growth in the next 10 years, including discussions for another academic building, student housing, and the development of a research park. Rhodes knows this transformational approach will only be possible by building connections and relationships.

“Our success is not achieved alone,” he said. “It’s through the unwavering support of our community partners that we continue to thrive. Together we cultivate a culture of upward mobility and opportunity.”

Community members are encouraged to learn more about the university, its history, and its plans for future growth by visiting a special 15-year anniversary web page at

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