A&M System Regents Set to Meet Thursday

Regents Meeting Information (May 26)
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Thursday marks a big set of meetings for the Texas A&M System Board of Regents.

Among the items on the agenda are discussions differential tuition increases for four A&M colleges -- architecture, business, engineering, and veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences.

A nearly $14 million project to renovate the dorms for the Corps of Cadets is also up for a vote. A Leadership Learning Center would be built on the Quad, while Harrell Hall would be rebuilt.

The contract for new men's basketball coach Billy Kennedy will likely be approved by the Regents. Terms of the pending agreement with the former coach at Murray State have not been released.

The meeting will also mark the last days for Mike McKinney as chancellor of the System. His retirement is effective July 1, but reports have McKinney being forced to step down because he wasn't implementing a new education plan being pushed by Governor Rick Perry.

Regents Chairman Richard Box is one of those believed to have helped force McKinney out.

He received a letter signed by 700 A&M faculty asking for clarification on the so-called "Seven Breakthrough Solutions" plan being pushed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, as reported by The Texas Tribune.

Box hasn't commented to the media on the McKinney situation, but did send a response to the faculty letter.

"While I understand some of the concerns you raise in your letter, let me suggest that many of the issues are not based in fact, but instead arise from erroneous or perhaps misleading media reports," Box wrote. "It is my hope that, as we move forward, we can engage in an honest and open dialogue about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

The board meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. Regents will move into a closed door, executive session soon after, then have open meetings beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Box and McKinney are not slated to directly address McKinney's retirement, according to the agenda.

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