Loftin Named Interim President of Texas A&M
Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, vice president of Texas A&M University and chief executive officer of its branch campus at Galveston, was named interim president of Texas A&M by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in June. Loftin will serve as interim president of Texas A&M while a national search is conducted, a search that Board of Regents Chairman Morris E. Foster of Houston said he hopes will be completed within six months.
Loftin, who is a 1971 Texas A&M graduate and has headed TAMUG since 2005, said he considers it a “privilege” to serve as interim president of his alma mater. “As a former student, I have an abiding love for Texas A&M University. It is a privilege to serve in this interim capacity. I will ensure that we remain committed to our core values as well as to our status as one of the top teaching and research universities in the nation,” Loftin said.
Interim Presidents named for Texas A&M-Central Texas and Texas A&M San Antonio
The Board of Regents appointed interim presidents to the two newest universities in the system. Garry Ross was named interim president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Maria Hernandez Ferrier, interim president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Both previously served as executive directors of their respective universities.
A&M System Hosts Military-Friendly Symposium
The A&M System hosted a military-friendly symposium in June to aid each campus in the implementation of the post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Nine universities within the A&M System have achieved military friendly status, and the two brand-new members, A&M-San Antonio and A&M-Central Texas, are completing the process with the Service members Opportunity Colleges, the organization that provides the designation. Ninety-eight attendees from around the system, including personnel from university veterans affairs offices, as well as enrollment and financial aid offices, shared best practices in the implementation process needed to support the military.
Guest speakers included Dr. Matthew Faubion, a forensic psychiatrist with Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Diana Davis, education liaison representative of the Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Waco.
There also were panel discussions with Texas A&M veteran students as well as break-out sessions on various topics. Organizers said the symposium was a great success and many attendees suggested it become an annual event.