A&M Student Body President Resigns

Texas A&M's student body president has stepped down from his post four months after winning the office.

Eric Beckham submitted his resignation Monday, citing " a variety of personal reasons."

"After a great deal of reflection and thought, I have decided that I will no longer be able to effectively fulfill the responsibility of the office of Student Body President," Beckham wrote.

In a short e-mail to News 3 for further clarification on his "personal reasons," Beckham said, "It's school issues and responsibilities. I will still be a student in the fall, no big panic needed in B/CS."

A petroleum engineering major from Houston, Beckham won the office after a runoff in April, one that saw more than 11,000 Aggies voting, the largest turnout for a runoff in A&M history.

Beckham was selected to be on the search 15-member search committee for the next president of A&M. News 3 is waiting to hear from A&M as to whether he will give up that spot as a result of his resignation.

Beckham and the commander of the Corps of Cadets, Brent Lanier, are the two students listed as being on the committee.

Kolin Loveless, who was elected Speaker of the Student Senate in the April elections, now becomes president.

"He is more than qualified for this position and has accepted the responsibility of SBP with an eager heart to serve students and Texas A&M University," Beckham wrote. "I cannot think of anyone more passionate about this university, and I trust him completely."

Beckham served in the Freshmen Leadership Organization Fish Aides and the Aggie Men's Club. He was student body vice president under the former president, Mark Gold.

"The biggest overall arching message is to continue to deepen every student's Aggie experience, improving quality of life and enriching the Aggie experience," Beckham told the student newspaper The Battalion in April. "It's the little things on campus -- transportation and health services, dining services, connectivity and student traditions."

The following is the letter of resignation of Eric Beckham:

Howdy Ags,

It is with a heavy heart that I write my last email to you as your Student Body President. As of August 17, 2009, I am resigning the office of Student Body President for a variety of personal reasons. After a great deal of reflection and thought, I have decided that I will no longer be able to effectively fulfill the responsibility of the office of Student Body President.

As outlined in the constitution of the Student Government Association, taking my place will be Kolin Loveless, who was elected in April as the Speaker of the Student Senate. He is more than qualified for this position and has accepted the responsibility of SBP with an eager heart to serve students and Texas A&M University. I cannot think of anyone more passionate about this university, and I trust him completely. I look forward to seeing the great things that he and his team will accomplish.

With my resignation I reassure you that the idea of serving students will not fall through the gap, and I hope that you will rally behind Kolin, your new SBP. I want to say thank you one last time for giving me the opportunity to serve you as Student Body President.

Thanks and Gig 'Em,

Eric Beckham '10


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