As Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, John Sharp leads one of the nation’s largest university systems. The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents appointed him to the position on September 6, 2011.
The A&M System has an annual budget of $4.2 billion, an enrollment of more than 140,000 students at its 11 universities and externally funded research expenditures in excess of $946 million.
Texas A&M University, the System’s flagship, is the only Texas institution among the top 20 research universities in the country, according to the National Science Foundation.
Chancellor Sharp has spent more than three decades in public service.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University in 1972, where he was a member of the Corps staff of the Corps of Cadets, a member of the 1972 rugby team, and was elected student body president. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves.
In 1976, Chancellor Sharp received a master’s degree in public administration from Southwest Texas State University while working full-time with the Legislative Budget Board in Austin. In 1978 he opened a one-man real estate firm in Victoria and became a successful small business owner. That same year he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives.
In 1982, he won a seat in the Texas Senate. Four years later, he was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission. Chancellor Sharp was elected state comptroller in 1990 and re-elected in 1994.
Immediately before becoming Chancellor, he worked as a principal with Ryan & Company, the largest state and local tax-consulting firm of its kind in Texas.
Chancellor Sharp has been married to Charlotte Han of Austin since 1978. They have a son, Spencer; a daughter-in-law, Brigitte; and a daughter, Victoria. The Sharps are active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in College Station and are involved in many community and humanitarian efforts.