The man who took the reigns of Texas A&M in the wake of Robert Gates departure received thanks from Regents.
Eddie Davis served as A&M's interim president for a year while the system conducted its search.
During Friday morning's meeting, the regents praised Davis for his tireless efforts to keep the Aggie ship steady.
"I treasure the time that I had," Davis told the group. "It was wonderful for Joy and me. I'm going to go back to doing what I do best, which is interacting with our great friends, our corporate partners, the wonderful foundations around this country that help build and continue to supply the capital that's necessary to make Texas A&M successful."
That job is as the head of the A&M Foundation, which serves to raise funds for the university. Davis was on leave from that post while he served his alma mater as president.
"I know of no greater privilege for a graduate of Texas A&M than to be asked to lead their alma mater, so for that, I thank all of you," Davis said.