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Six Texas A&M Galveston Staff Members are Recognized with Texas A&M President’s Meritorious Service Award     

March 29, 2018

The photo is of the Texas A&M Galveston Hurricane Harvey Evacuation Team with Texas A&M Galveston’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Fossum and Dr. Todd Sutherland, assistant vice president for Student Affairs.

By Bob Wright, Marketing & Communications

A team of six employees from Texas A&M University at Galveston will receive a 2018 President’s Meritorious Service Award from Texas A&M University in the team category.  They are Alex Crouse, Branston Harris, Sarah West and Joe-Nathan Timmons from Texas A&M Galveston’s Residence Life department and Betsy Bremer and Joe Hoff from the university’s Recreational Sports department.

These individuals worked before, during and after Hurricane Harvey to evacuate and aid Texas A&M Galveston’s students who had to leave the Galveston campus on short notice to flee Hurricane Harvey.  They were recognized by Texas A&M Galveston’s Chief Operating Officer Col. Michael Fossum as the Hurricane Harvey Evacuation Team.

“The actions of this team were a major help during the worst of the hurricane,” said Dr. Todd Sutherland, assistant vice president for Student Affairs at Texas A&M Galveston.  “The excellent job this team did in taking care of every aspect of the evacuation and later the care of our students transported to College Station allowed the executive team to keep their focus on the myriad of constantly developing and changing situations before, during and after the storm.”

“This prestigious award recognizes and rewards staff for their commendable service to our great university,” said Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young.  “Recipients have demonstrated their commitment to the Aggie core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. To each of them, I extend my most sincere congratulations and deep appreciation for their tremendous efforts that make Texas A&M such a great place to work.”

All university employees are invited to the award ceremony honoring these outstanding staff members. The ceremony will be held on Monday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom on the campus of Texas A&M University at College Station.  A reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony and serve as the official kick-off for Staff Appreciation Week at Texas A&M.


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Bob Wright, Marketing and Communications, Texas A&M University at Galveston. Office: 409-740-4840, Cell: 713-586-9870 Email:

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Texas A&M University at Galveston is the marine and maritime branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M's rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.

Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies and the only one in the southern United States, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world.

Texas A&M-Galveston is located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where it is surrounded by industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.