Regents Meetings Mark McKinney's First

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The last two days of A&M System Board of Regents meetings marked the first for new System Chancellor Michael McKinney.

The Centerville native replaces the retired Bob McTeer. He says he is pleased with how his first Regents meetings went, but that there is a sizeable learning curve.

"There's a whole lot to do, a whole lot to learn," McKinney said following the meetings. "Hopefully, the learning curve never goes away, or at least the slope. I hope it flattens out a little bit, but it won't go away. I'll learn something new everyday."

On the docket for the board was the leasing of space for the soon-to-be A&M San Antonio campus. The System is leasing two buildings from the South San Antonio Independent School District.

The site was previously an elementary school, but now will allow the San Antonio campus to double classroom capacity and provide additional infrastructure. The two buildings will provide 51,000 feet in raw square footage.

The state legislature authorized the creation of A&M San Antonio in 2003.

The Regents also took no action on finding a replacement for A&M President Robert Gates, who will likely be the next Secretary of Defense. Chairman John White said despite that being an item on the agenda, it was premature to make decisions on the search.