Helping ensure a healthy future for Northeast Texas


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A community focused on research


In 2017, the centennial anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce becoming a state institution, we celebrate a history rich with innovation and tradition while looking toward a future that promises to be equally abundant in opportunity and discovery.

The modest, two-story building that would become the first home of East Texas Normal College in 1889 was constructed by the Cooper Joint Stock School District. Shaped like a “T,” the building housed administrative offices, classrooms, and rooms for the Mayo family. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1894, one of a series of events that prompted the university’s founder and first president, William Leonidas Mayo, to relocate the college to Commerce. According to newspaper accounts of the fire, Mayo attempted to save the college’s library by throwing books out the windows while the building was engulfed in flames. The original building was situated in the 700 block of what is now Southeast First Street in Cooper. A Texas State Historical Marker was dedicated at the site in 1967.


Your faithful support of Texas A&M University-Commerce has helped our great university rise in prominence through the years, and we hope you will continue with us on this journey of excellence. With March 14, 2017, marking the centennial anniversary of A&M-Commerce becoming a state institution, we celebrate this significant milestone.

To hold true to our heritage and meet the needs of our growing campus community, A&M-Commerce will construct a new Nursing and Health Sciences Building in this centennial year. The facility will house the Department of Nursing, the Department of Health and Human Performance, and the Biomedical Institute for Regenerative Research. It also will provide needed educational and research space for other departments. With new specialized equipment and a simulation hospital, faculty members and students will be able to conduct advanced research, further contributing to the prestige of this university. With a tradition of using our resources for the benefit of the community, A&M-Commerce will use this new state-of-the-art building as a springboard for developing partnerships with local and regional health care providers, school systems, and organizations. We intend to address the demand for quality health care professionals and contribute to nursing and health science research in Northeast Texas.

As the opening date for this building draws near, I give my sincerest thanks to all of you who have made this university’s progress possible through your loyalty and involvement. With your continued support, the Nursing and Health Sciences Building will help A&M-Commerce advance for another 100 years, and more.



Ray M. Keck, Ph.D. President

Bridging the Gap

To address a regional health care shortage, we aim to equip students with the necessary skills to promote health and wellness in Northeast Texas.

With the majority of our nursing and health science students remaining in Northeast Texas after graduating, A&M-Commerce is perfectly poised to help address the needs of the region’s aging, rural, and underserved communities. Each day, our faculty members improve the quality of life through research and by educating and preparing students to become successful health care professionals.

Our mission to promote health in the region accelerated in 2015, when the Texas Legislature provided funding to help construct a new Nursing and Health Sciences Building, complete with equipment and resources necessary for a modern, state-of-the-art educational facility.

Once constructed, the building will provide laboratories for research and house the nursing, body mechanics, nutrition and wellness, and kinesiology programs.

As such, it will function as a central place for collaboration across disciplines on important research subjects, including prevention and clinical care. In this exciting environment, A&M-Commerce students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to fill essential positions in health care, achieving our mission to make a positive, lasting difference in the lives of our local residents and underserved rural neighbors.

We ask that you further this momentum by partnering with us to build a better future.

The Mission

Our mission to produce quality health care professionals and promote wellness in the region has accelerated with funding from the Texas Legislature for a new Nursing and Health Sciences Building. We now look to alumni and friends to provide the support needed to fund the remaining cost of the project.



We provide thorough instruction on quality patient care and outstanding care coordination.



Our students learn how to help prevent chronic disease, implement initiatives to improve health, and build teams to advocate for the well-being of children and older adults in the community.




While researching ways to cure and reverse damage from disease, our faculty members train students to become skilled and informed clinicians.

Floor Plans

We will achieve our strategic goals moving forward, ensuring we provide a world-class educational experience for our students entering the nursing and health sciences professions.


We need your support. Funds raised for the new Nursing and Health Sciences Building will empower A&M-Commerce to continue improving health care for generations of Northeast Texans. Your gift will make a difference in this capital project and the programs it houses.

In return for your financial support, you may take comfort and satisfaction in knowing that your gift is meaningful and your generosity of benefit to Texans and many other people throughout the world. Please join individuals, families, physicians, corporations, foundations, and the people of our region with your own commitment to this beautiful facility.



Make a difference

Students and our community members in Northeast Texas deserve the best in health care. A&M-Commerce needs your contribution to help achieve our goal of quality health care in the region. Philanthropy provides the resources not only for brick and mortar, but also for recruitment, retention, and education of a new generation of health care professionals and leaders.

There is no greater way to give than by supporting our community of family, friends, and neighbors. We cannot fulfill this important commitment alone. We encourage you to join us in this meaningful project and help ensure that we provide the finest available education to our nursing and health science students from across the country. Together we can invest in a healthy future for generations to come.


This list represents examples of possible naming opportunities for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Nursing and Health Sciences Building. Other naming opportunities may be available based upon donor interests. The naming of the building, rooms, and other physical spaces is contingent on approval by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Specific criteria regarding naming opportunities may be discussed with the president or the vice president for university advancement.


Building $5,000,000
Research Center $1,000,000
Nursing Simulation Hospital $1,000,000
Large Outdoor Terrace $500,000
Gymnasium $250,000

Faculty/Student Facilities

Simulation Lab $100,000
Teaching Kitchen $50,000
Classrooms $25,000
Department Head & School Director Offices $10,000

Professorships and Chairs*

Distinguished University Chair $2,000,000
Distinguished Chair $1,000,000
Chair $500,000
Distinguished Professorship $250,000
Professorship $100,000

Contact us

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation accepts checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Payments may be made all at once or over time via automatic checking account withdrawals or automatic credit-card payments. Contact the A&M-Commerce Office of Advancement Services at 903.886.5712 to set up payments.

A&M-Commerce Foundation
PO Box 3425
Commerce, TX 75429