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Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin Wraps Up Final Day In Office


COLLEGE STATION, Texas Texas A&M's top administrator is saying farewell.

President R. Bowen Loftin is heading to the University of Missouri to become Chancellor, and Monday was his last last day working in Aggieland.

News 3 has a look back at some of the important decisions Loftin was part of at a rapidly growing university.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin is saying goodbye to Aggieland for now.

Loftin became Interim President in June 2009 when then President Elsa Murano stepped down.

The university's 24th President spoke with TexAgs radio during his final hours in office.

"Love is the key. I love Texas A&M, I love our students and former students too for that matter. Although there are some that are difficult. But that's ok," Dr. Loftin laughed.

He was always quick to share about his humble beginnings growing up in Navasota.

"I grew up in a small family, not much money and my dad wasn't very educated. He had a 6th grade education but he was a people person and I watched him as a role model growing up. I realized that relationships were a vital part of life," Loftin added.

Besides a vast bow tie collection, students loved him for his passion for interacting in person and on social media.

Student Hannah Grunwald says she'll miss him.

"You still had that feeling, you would always get e-mails and social Facebook he was always on Twitter. He was very engaging with the students and faculty so it's great," said Grunwald, a Texas A&M Sophomore.

He was also a loud and proud supporter of Aggie Athletics and helped with the historic transition from the Big 12 to Southeastern Conference.

He'd plan to stay on as an instructor at A&M after stepping down in January, but Missouri came calling.

"October the first we actually closed on a house in Traditions where we wanted to live going forward and then three days later is when the first serious conversations began with Missouri," he told TexAgs.

Now his leadership is heading a little further north to the Show-Me-State.

"But if you are really motivated by love you do the best for the other person, the other institution and that's what drives me everyday," he added.

Dr. Loftin takes on his new position February 1st in Columbia, Missouri and told us on Facebook he will be back often for athletic events.

His position as Chancellor at the University of Missouri is similar to the position he held at A&M.

Dr. Mark Hussey will take over as the interim President of A&M beginning Tuesday.


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