A search has begun for the twenty-sixth president of Texas A&M University.
The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is established under TAMUS policy by Chancellor John Sharp and is chaired by the Texas A&M System Regents’ Chairman, Elaine Mendoza.
TAMUS System Policy 01.03 describes the process by which presidents are selected in the A&M System. The Board of Regents establishes a President Search Advisory Committee with the following responsibilities, as specified in System Policy 01.03.
- The committee shall determine the candidates’ academic, administrative, and business abilities
- The committee may interview candidates as a part of its selection process. Interviews should be conducted on the basis that the confidentiality of the process is critical to its ultimate success.
- The committee shall submit to the board, through the chancellor, a list of no fewer than three candidates in no rank order.
- The board shall determine which candidates (if any) will be interviewed by the board prior to naming a finalist(s). If none of the names submitted by the committee is satisfactory to the board, the board may either name a new committee or proceed to select a finalist(s) under such other procedures as it may deem proper and appropriate at its sole discretion.
- The board shall not be limited under any circumstances to only consider candidates previously vetted by the advisory committee.
To assist the committee, the A&M System contracts with one or more search firms. The search firm assists the committee in identifying suitable candidates and providing relevant information for the committee’s consideration. In so doing, the search firm hosts open forums, conducts interviews of key leaders, and cultivates interest in the position among qualified candidates.
It is expected the process will be completed spring 2021.
The university hosted open forums for faculty, staff, and students. The forums were recorded and will soon be made available on this webpage.
The faculty session was on Oct. 6, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom.
The staff session was on Oct. 8, 2020 from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom.
The student session was on Oct. 9, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. via Zoom.
We thank all who attended and shared their thoughts on the challenges ahead for Texas A&M and what we should be looking for in our next president, both in terms of professional experience and personal qualities. The feedback helped inform the work of the search committee as well as the writing of the position search profile.
Presidential Search Profile
We thank all who attended the open forums and shared their thoughts on the challenges ahead for Texas A&M and what we should be looking for in our next president, both in terms of professional experience and personal qualities. The feedback helped inform the work of the search committee as well as the writing of the presidential search profile.
Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.