Texas A&M University announced Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Will Hurd will be the speaker for 2015 Campus Muster on April 21.
Hurd, a freshman Republican congressman representing Texas' 23rd District, served as student body president during the 1999 Bonfire collapse. The San Antonio native said he is humbled by the opportunity to not only experience the ceremony at Reed Arena once again, but to be a part of it.
"There isn't a greater honor as an Aggie," he said. "It's one of our biggest and older traditions and it's an honor to come back to campus."
Hurd will join the ranks of distinguished Aggie alumni to speak at the event, which include former head football coach Gene Stallings, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the late Maj. Gen. James Earl Rudder and first female student body president, Brooke Leslie Rollins.
A university press release gave Hurd credit for providing leadership through the Bonfire collapse by organizing volunteer efforts to assist rescue crews. Hurd recalled the Campus Muster that followed the tragedy.
"It was powerful. We were still dealing with one of the worst tragedies the Aggie family had experienced," he said. "It made the occasion even more solemn. It was an honor to help the university through such a dark time but I'd give it up if those kids were alive."