A&M Faculty Vote No Confidence in System Chancellor

Texas A&M's faculty senate has overwhelmingly denounced the A&M System chancellor.

At Tuesday afternoon's meeting, the senate voted 55-9 in favor of a resolution of no confidence in Mike McKinney.

The resolution states the principles guiding A&M are on the verge of collapse due to "shortsighted and irresponsible behavior at the highest levels of the System administration."

The faculty has been highly critical of the handling of now-former President Elsa Murano, including McKinney's performance assessment in which he rated Murano low in a number of leadership categories.

Murano resigned June 15, weeks after the assessment's release, saying it was best for the university if she stepped aside. Her presidency was among the shortest in A&M history.

The senate also asked that the Board of Regents hold off on developing shared services plans until a new president is chosen, this coming in a separate resolution. Regents have charged all universities in the System with finding ways to cut cost, including sharing services with each other and the System itself.

The chairman of the board, Morris Foster, said he hoped A&M would have a new president in six months. R. Bowen Loftin is serving as the interim, and has already charged leaders on the College Station campus to trim $20 million from the budget.

To read the resolutions, click on the link below this story.

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