Houstonian to make history at A&M

Marquis Alexander will become the first African-American and the first veteran to lead the Corps of Cadets in the 135 year history of the university.

April 13, 2012 2:44:32 PM PDT
A native Houstonian will make history at Texas A&M University in a few weeks. He will become the first African-American commander of the Corps of Cadets.

Marquis Alexander will also become the first veteran to lead the corps in the 135 year history of the university. Alexander grew up in the Third Ward and decided the join the Marine reserves after high school when his entrance letter to A&M didn't arrive promptly. Alexander served in the reserves, then a year and half later enrolled at A&M.

"One of my biggest goals and one of the commandant's goals also is academics. We're just below the university average, so we want to try to at least meet or, if possible, exceed the university average. Also, I'd like to see us get more involved off the quad," said Alexander.

He is currently serving as the sergeant major of the Corps of Cadets.


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