William B. Bizzell

William B. Bizzell

Aug. 25, 1914: William Bennett Bizzell was appointed as the ninth president of Texas A&M University. Bizzell served as president until Sept. 1, 1925.

Bizzell was serving as the president of the College of Industrial Arts in Denton at the time of his appointment. When he resigned in 1925, he left to become the president of the University of Oklahoma.

During his time at A&M, Bizzell volunteered the entire college to the federal government as a military training site in 1917. This made A&M the first college in the nation to offer its facilities for World War I service.

Bizzell is the namesake for Bizzell Hall on the A&M campus. The dormitory was built in 1918 and now houses the university's international programs office.

Aug. 25, 1907: Capt. John August Earl Bergstrom was born. Bergstrom graduated from Texas A&M University in 1929 with a degree in agricultural administration.

Bergstrom was the first Austin native to be killed during World War II. He died in December 1941 in the Philippine Islands.

In March 1943, the Del Valle Army Air Base in Austin was renamed Bergstrom Army Air Field. It became Bergstrom Air Force Base in December 1948. It is now known as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Aug. 25, 1914: The Texas A&M Board of Directors formally established the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), with dean David Spence as its director. For 100-plus years, TEES has conducted research to help with state and national problems in economic and educational development.

TEES is partnered with 24 universities and two-year colleges to conduct research, including several A&M System schools, Texas State and Lamar University.

Aug. 25, 1925: Mary Evelyn Crawford became the first woman to receive a degree from Texas A&M. Crawford, the sister of the head of the engineering department, also attended Texas Woman's University and the University of Texas en route to receiving a degree in liberal arts from Texas A&M.

She picked up her diploma from the registrar's secretary's home instead of at the graduation ceremony. The next month, the Board of Directors officially banned women from being admitted to the school, ending the policy of allowing female relatives of staff to be enrolled.

Aug. 25, 2006: A crowd of 8,204 at Ellis Field set the NCAA single-game soccer attendance record. The 1-0 victory by the Aggies over North Carolina was the annual Fish Camp game.

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