Texas A&M President Elsa Murano is among 10 finalists for The Dallas Morning News ’ designation as “Texan of the Year” for 2008—and the first to be featured in the paper’s series of editorials leading up to announcement of the overall honoree on Dec. 28.
Dr. Murano will be featured in an editorial appearing in the Tuesday edition.
In announcing Dr. Murano’s selection, the paper’s editors said:
“Dr. Murano is the first woman and first Hispanic to lead one of the state’s two flagship universities. She is also the first person under the age of 50 to serve as president of Texas A&M since the 1800s. Some of her initiatives include pushing a plan to offer free tuition to students whose parents make less than $60,000 a year and renovating the student union center. She has also set a goal to make sure at least 25 percent of students at the university participate in an international studies experience as part of a globalization effort.”
The full text of the editorial will be in Tuesday’s paper and posted at www.dallasnews.com/texanoftheyear.
Also, readers can share their opinions on the newspaper’s selection by visiting the editorial blog, dallasmorningviews.beloblog.com.
“We had so many thought-provoking nominations this year, it was very difficult to choose just 10 for our series,” said Keven Ann Willey, vice president and editorial page editor of The Dallas Morning News. “We deliberated and debated a lot during the selection process, but ultimately I’m proud of the decisions we made.”
The annual Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year series draws from reader nominations to the newspaper’s editorial board.
The criteria calls for finding a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact; who exemplifies Texas traits of trailblazing, independence and staring down adversity; and who has affected or influenced lives (positively or negatively.)
The board selected the finalists and winner through an internal vote.