A&M Presidential Search Committee Named

A 15-member search advisory committee was announced Friday to assist in identifying candidates for the position of president of Texas A&M University.

The committee was appointed by Dr. Michael D. McKinney, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System.

Dr. Doug Slack, speaker of the university's faculty senate, will serve as chairman of the committee. Other members are:

Dr. Colleen Cook, convener of the Council of Deans
Mr. Jerry Cox, chairman of the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees
Mr. Bill Flores, president of The Association of Former Students Board of Directors
Mr. Lupe Fraga, member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents
Mr. Royce Hickman, president/CEO of the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Shari Hilding-Kronforst, graduate student body president
Dr. John McDermott, member of the Distinguished Professors Executive Committee
Dr. Rosana Moreira, member of the Council of Principal Investigators
Mr. Erle Nye, member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents
Ms. Flora Reeves, president of the Association of Professional Support Staff
Dr. Leo Sayavedra (ex-officio), vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Texas A&M University System
Dr. Christine Stanley, executive associate dean, College of Education and Human Development
Mr. Nic Taunton, student body president
Dr. Gwendolyn Webb-Johnson, member of the Faculty Senate

"This seasoned group of Texas A&M faculty, staff, students and supporters will do its due diligence to identify the right leader for the university during this time of phenomenal growth and development," McKinney said. "I am depending on the members of the search advisory committee to provide their valuable insight, perspective and judgment in identifying the best candidates to consider for the A&M presidency."

Dr. Robert Gates resigned as president of Texas A&M after being named U.S. Secretary of Defense. On Dec. 18, the A&M System Board of Regents named Dr. Ed J. Davis as interim president.

The committee will forward its recommendations to McKinney, who will make his recommendations to the Board of Regents.

McKinney said he anticipates that the search process will take six to nine months.