Admiration and laughter highlight McKinney retirement celebration »

There were tears and laughter at the retirement reception held for Chancellor Mike McKinney June 21 as he was honored by his CEOs and roasted by members of his executive committee.
Speakers ranged from former Board of Regents chairman and current regent John White, to B.J. Crain, chief business officer for the The Texas A&M University System.

Each speaker regaled the crowd with stories and memories of McKinney’s five years of service. Tales of meetings gone overlong mingled with stories of the chancellor’s unwavering support for the A&M System. Frank Ashley, vice chancellor for academic with the portion allotted A&M-Corpus Christi. Of the $100,000 given to the universities by the CCC, $37,000 will be used to fund student scholarships.

Bob Strawser, professor of accounting at Texas A&M University, spoke of the chancellor’s support of him as a professor and as interim president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He surprised the McKinneys by announcing his plans to set up a scholarship at Texas A&M-Kingsville in their honor.

At the end of the reception, McKinney thanked those present, including members of the Board of Regents, A&M System CEOs, system employees, and family members. He said that being chancellor of the A&M System had truly been his dream job.