A&M Regents To Meet (Not Decide) on Next President

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The Texas A&M System Board of Regents will hold a telephonic meeting Wednesday to discuss the search for A&M's next president.

However, system officials specifically noted that no action will be taken by the regents following the meeting.

The board took three recommendations from a search advisory committee, and according to System Chancellor Michael McKinney, has also begun interviewing candidates they have brought to the table.

Robert Gates, the former presidenti, left Texas A&M in December to become the nation's secretary of defense. Eddie Davis, the head of the A&M Foundation, has been the interim president since then, and according to McKinney, is also being considered by the regents to take on the role permanently.

The following Monday, it will be the A&M Faculty Senate that will meet to discuss the search. Members of the senate have voiced concerns that the three candidate recommendations of the search advisory committee aren't being considered properly.

Chancellor Michael McKinney has said search advisory committee recommendations are being considered.

In a letter to Board of Regents Chairman Bill Jones on October 5, Faculty Senate Speaker Angie Hill Price wrote their body believed the next president should be selected from the list submitted by the search advisory committee.

"To do otherwise, in our opinion, creates a break in the shared governance that binds the University community and the Board together in our quest for excellence," Price wrote.

In a response, Jones wrote the responsibility for selecting A&M's president lies with the board alone.

"We strive to be inclusive and to maintain a high positive morale within the ranks of Texas A&M University and all universities in our System," Jones wrote. "However, to the extent any decision we make as a Board unintentionally creates a negative impact on faculty morale, we will accept those unfortunately consequences.

"We are, therefore, deliberative in our process and careful in our analysis so that we pick the right person for Texas A&M University," he continued.

The A&M search is one of four on-going in the A&M System.