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Reeves say’s Stephen F. Austin State University must remain Strong and Independent

Republican Senate Candidate says he will introduce legislation to protect SFA from merger with another University System. Also announces Personal Campaign Endorsement of Fred Wulf

Bob Reeves at the Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches.

Nacogdoches, Texas—Republican Senate Candidate Bob Reeves today announced that when elected, he would file legislation designed to protect Stephen F. Austin State University status as an independent institution and to prevent its merger with another University System. Fred Wulf, an East Texas business and community leader, joined Reeves at the announcement which was held at the Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches. Wulf announced that he was personally endorsing Reeves in the Texas State Senate District 3 race to replace incumbent Senator Todd Staples who is seeking election as Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

Saying that a strong and independent Stephen F. Austin State University is vital to the entire East Texas region, Reeves said that SFA should never be forced to join a university system.

“Year after year, Austin policy analysts bring up the idea of merging SFA into another university system saying that the idea might provide some cost savings to the state. Fortunately for East Texans, lawmakers have not acted upon the recommendations of higher education bureaucrats and filed legislation to change SFA’s status as an independent institution, but the threat is real, ongoing, and as State Senator, I intend to put a stop to the idea once and for all,” Reeves said.

Reeves said that SFA is just too important to East Texas and that lawmakers should be looking for ways to strengthen the school, not weaken it. In fact, Reeves said that because of the University’s nationally acclaimed Nursing and Forestry school, lawmakers should work to see that it be considered a Flagship Institution, rather than simply as a regional institution of higher education.

“Anyone who lives and works in East Texas understands just how important SFA is to the entire state, not just our part of the state,” said Reeves. “And that means we need a university president on campus seven days a week, 24 hours a day, not one who must commute between Wichita Falls, Huntsville or Denton.

Reeves said that while he always knew how important SFA was to the region, it was his appointment by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the state’s Science and Bio Technology Committee that made him realize just how important SFA was to the entire state and nation.

“Stephen F. Austin State University is a leader in the field of science and bio technology research and the students, staff, and faculty are working on amazing programs that will not just help East Texas, but will provide limitless benefits to every Texan,” Reeves added.

Reeves also said that he serves on the Bonehill Foundation, a private endowment that has provided over $700,000 in scholarships to students attending SFA. He said that merging SFA with another University System would hurt fundraising and scholarship opportunities.

Fred Wulf said that he has known Reeves for over 25 years and knows that he has always been a strong advocate for SFA and that he was confident that as State Senator, Reeves would be a champion for making sure that the University remains strong and vibrant.

Reeves is the President of C & R Refrigeration and is a longtime Republican activist and community leader. Texas State Senate District 3 includes all of part of the following East Texas Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Henderson, Jasper, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, and Tyler.

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