Texas A&M University-Commerce welcomes the tenancy of a new campus partner, the Texas A&M Forest Service (TAMFS). TAMFS will move its regional office from Greenville, Texas, to university-owned property near the A&M-Commerce campus sometime this year.
Representatives from TAMFS and The Texas A&M University System were on hand Wednesday to celebrate the agreement. TAMFS Interim Agency Director Al Davis and Texas A&M System Regent Randy Brooks were among the special guests.
The agreement is expected to foster new partnership opportunities between the two A&M System entities, including student internships, graduate research projects and other education initiatives.
Davis said the agreement aligns with TAMFS's emphasis on people and partnerships.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about people,” Davis said. “You can’t accomplish anything in life without people and relationships. It’s about building, retaining and nurturing partnerships.”
A&M-Commerce President Mark Rudin agreed: “This relationship with the Texas A&M Forest Service started as a real estate transaction but has evolved into a blossoming partnership. We’re exploring educational opportunities, internship opportunities and job opportunities for students,” he said.
From the new office in Commerce, TAMFS will continue its mission to sustain trees, forests and related natural resources. It will also support the state’s incident response capability, protecting against wildfires and responding to a range of all-hazard incidents.
State Fire Chief Wes Moorehead expressed enthusiasm for the partnership:
“It’s a great day for us to come to campus with the A&M-Commerce Lions,” Moorehead said. “We’re so blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization.”
The Texas A&M Forest Service operates nearly 60 offices throughout Texas, with headquarters in College Station.