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“It’s Transformational What’s Happened”

According to The Texas A&M University System website, the responsibilities of the System Board of Regents are:

  • Oversee the administration and set policy direction for the System’s 11 universities and seven state agencies;

  • Ensure a quality undergraduate and graduate education experience for all students;

  • Promote academic research and technology to benefit the state of Texas and the nation;

  • Disseminate programs of the A&M System across the state through outreach and public service efforts; and

  • Support the state legislative and higher education leadership to position Texas at the forefront of higher education nationally.

Phil Adams, a Bryan, Texas, insurance executive, is in his third term as an A&M System regent. And, like so many local residents, his family history tracks through the site of today’s RELLIS Campus.


Phil Adams of Bryan/College Station received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1971 and began his career in the insurance business. Adams is the owner and president of Phil Adams Company, which provides insurance products and services to businesses and individuals throughout Texas. He has attained membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, Top of the Table and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting. Adams serves on the board of directors of American Momentum Bank, with banking operations in Texas and Florida. He previously served on the board of directors of First American Bank, which was sold to Citigroup in 2005, and on the boards of many civic organizations, including the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and the Central Texas Association of Life Underwriters. Mr. Adams has served as president of the Brazos Valley Estate Council and chairman of the Brazos County Republican Party. Adams is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and of the Philosophical Society of Texas. He is also a member of the Texas A&M Chancellor’s Century Council and the Mays Business School Development Council. He recently completed a three year term on the board of The University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).