Texas A&M was once considered a conservative institution – perhaps one of the last bastions of traditional values in higher education. In recent years, it has shifted left – if not yet as wildly as the University of Texas.

CampusReform.org reports on the latest example: an anthropology professor Filipe Castro who spends his time slurring Republicans as Nazis, denigrating religion, and celebrating the “positive” coronavirus tests of conservative political figures.

The publication notes that reviews of Professor Castro indicate his rants aren’t limited to his off-hours, but occupy his lecture time. “He instead of teaching about the world taught about everything he thought was wrong with America from politics to religion.”

Sadly, students and faculty alike tell me Professor Castro is becoming more the norm at Aggieland, rather than the exception.

Which, in turn, tells me – as an Aggie myself – that the Core Values of Texas A&M are becoming little more than a marketing scheme aimed at keeping conservative former students writing donations, rather than driving the institution’s approach to academic life.

Texas A&M University’s Chancellor John Sharp and President Michael Young will either fix this growing problem, or be seen as enabling parts of it.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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