Although Texas A&M University is a state-assisted
institution, it must rely on private contributions and support to
maintain its excellence. When you have made one or more
contributions totalling $1,000 to any of the development
initiatives at the college, you become a Mark Francis Fellow.
Fellows help meet needs in several fundamental areas including
student scholarships and financial aid, equipment, public outreach,
academic programs, research, and animal treatment.
As Fellows continue to give to the college, they are recognized
at the following levels:
Fellows comprise a select group of College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences advocates who find satisfaction
in close involvement with a college whose achievements are
immediate, tangible, and significant.
Fellows are people who are concerned about Texas veterinary
medicine-people who recognize that the college is in a unique
position to make important advancements for animals and human
beings through education, research, and service.
Fellows are the leaders for voluntary giving and set the pace
for other donors to the college.
As a Mark Francis Fellow, your gifts will enable Texas A&M
University to continue its long-standing tradition of making a
difference in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Mark Francis became the first professor of veterinary
science at Texas A&M and was largely
responsible for the establishment of the College of Veterinary
Medicine in 1916. He served as the college's first dean until his
death in 1936.
Francis is fondly remembered for his pioneering efforts in the
fight against the devastating Texas Tick Fever. He helped organize
the Texas veterinary profession in 1903 and became the first
president of the newly formed state organization, which later
became the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).
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