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Texas A&M Moves Ahead With Bush Library Proposal

By: Lindsay Liepman
By: Lindsay Liepman

Texas A&M is being tight lipped about their bid for George W. Bush's presidential library.

But Friday, University officials met with members of the community to gage their support.

President Bush will likely make a decision about the location of his presidential library some time during his second term.

A&M is now and always has been on the list of universities vying to be the home of the facility.

The university won't talk about their efforts, but officials held a first of its kind closed door meeting with community leaders today on campus.

According to sources, the purpose of the meeting was to gain their support before moving ahead with a proposal for the library.

We're told the discussions were very preliminary.

And the reception from some of those who attended was not exactly enthusiastic because they were presented with very little information.

There were questions about the timing of the proposal.

Some thought it was too early in the game.

But Texas A&M's Assistant Vice President for Administration Bobby Bisor says university officials have been working on the proposal for some time.

Since Bush has been in office, the regents have expressed an interest in competing for the library, possibly locating it near his father's.

But Texas A&M isn't without competition.

Baylor University submitted its proposal to the President four years ago.

SMU has publicly outlined their plans to secure the library and Texas Tech has shown interest.

The cities of Arlington and Midland want the library too.

Bisor says even though A&M doesn't have a final proposal, one will be ready when the president asks for one.


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