Open Forum Set by A&M Interim President

Shortly after taking over as interim president of Texas A&M, Bowen Loftin said he'd be asking the Aggie community for its questions, concerns and comments.

Another open forum has been set for this Friday at 9 a.m. at Rudder Theatre. Loftin is set to focus his comments on performance by the university and the current budget situation.

It was last week that Loftin told the System Board of Regents that he had cut $7 million from the upcoming year's budget. Regents have said A&M needs to find a total of $20 million in cuts.

The following is a letter from President Loftin from Tuesday:

“As promised, the next open forum in our continuing series will be held this Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Rudder Theatre. I am convinced that we need to continue our dialogue often and on a broad scale across our campus so that we can collectively move Texas A&M University toward the goals set by Vision 2020.

“At our last forum, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts about how we – the Aggie family – would move forward, and I believe that we are already seeing some positive steps in that direction. I was also able to hear your concerns, questions and observations, all of which were greatly appreciated and are being thoughtfully considered.

“This Friday I will focus on several key performance measures and budgetary matters, as well as provide another opportunity to hear your questions and concerns. I hope as many of you who can be there in person will plan to attend. For those who can’t attend the forum, I urge you to view it on KAMU-TV (Texas A&M campus channel 82) or via the web at http://winstream.kamu.tamu.edu/txms20.

“Being engaged and taking part in matters affecting Texas A&M is vitally important. I look forward to another informative and productive meeting with all of you.”

(Signed)

R. Bowen Loftin
Interim President


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