Murano Up for Discussion at A&M Regents' Meeting

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On December 6, Elsa Murano became the lone finalist to take over as the next president of Texas A&M University. Thursday, she could be the official choice.

By law, when Murano was given the thumbs-up by the A&M System Board of Regents, the board had to wait 21 days until regents could make a final vote.

That decision could come Thursday, when the regents hold a telephonic meeting to discuss the appointment. That meeting starts at 9 a.m.

Murano, the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, got eight out of nine regent votes at the December meeting. Only Gene Stallings voted against her at the lone finalist. The former A&M football coach said he respected Murano and would fully support the next president, but that he believed there was a better choice.

The board had narrowed their search to four candidates. The others are not known.

Murano would be the university's first female and first minority president. She would follow Robert Gates, who left the school to become the secretary of defense.

Eddie Davis, who heads up the A&M Foundation, had been serving as the interim president.

Also Thursday, Gary Sera will be considered to take over the Texas Engineering Extension Service reigns. He was also named as a finalist at the December 6 meeting.