Sheffield, J. D.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/12/2015
Rep. Sheffield introduces bill for Tarleton building projects
AUSTIN – Texas State Representative J.D. Sheffield (House District 59) on February 10th, introduced House Bill 1254 to provide capital project funding for two buildings on separate Tarleton State University campuses, one in Stephenville and one for its proposed new Fort Worth campus site.
Tarleton is one of the fastest growing universities in the state. The planned $75 million Applied Sciences Building at the Stephenville campus would provide state-of-the-art laboratories for expanded engineering and agricultural programs, meeting a statewide need for more engineering graduates.
The $55 million Fort Worth project would provide the first building for a new campus, replacing currently leased space. The proposed campus will be built on 80 acres of land along the Chisholm Trail Parkway in Fort Worth, recently donated to Tarleton by the Walton Group of Companies. The new facility will allow Fort Worth enrollment to grow from the current 1,560 students enrolled in 48 doctoral, masters, undergraduate and certification programs.
“Tarleton State University this year reached a record enrollment of nearly 12,000, including many first generation college students,” Sheffield said. “These facilities are essential to its ability to continue to provide outstanding higher education opportunities for Texas residents.”
Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to engage societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.
Dr. J.D. Sheffield is a family practice physician first elected to the Texas Legislature in 2012. He was elected to a second term as State Representative in 2014. Texas House District 59 is comprised of eight counties: Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, and Somervell.