A&M Chief of Staff Heads to Gulf for New Aggie Job

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After more than five years of work at Texas A&M as the president's chief of staff, Rodney McClendon has another Aggie calling.

McClendon has been named the executive associate vice president and chief operation officer for Texas A&M's Galveston campus. He starts work there on March 1.

“Dr. McClendon’s credentials, combined with his active leadership in recruiting and retaining faculty, staff and students of diverse backgrounds, make him the ideal person for this important position at TAMUG,” said R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M vice president and chief executive officer for the Galveston campus.

McClendon will be "second-in-command" at Galveston according to the university. His charges will include being responsible for the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Administration. He will also serve to build stronger relationships between the College Station and Galveston campuses.

McClendon was former President Robert Gates' first hire, and the two started at A&M on the same day in August 2002. He has served as an advisor to Gates and the interim president, Eddie Davis, when it comes to policy, history and implications of actions.

Gates actually presented McClendon with a degree in leadership, education and communications in August when the now-secretary of defense returned for graduation.