COLLEGE STATION, June 30, 2011 – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today selected Jay Kimbrough as the A&M System’s deputy chancellor during a special telephonic meeting. Kimbrough, who currently serves as a special advisor to the Board of Regents, will also serve as interim chancellor of the A&M System as the selection process for chancellor continues.
Kimbrough’s appointment is effective July 1. Michael D. McKinney, who has served as chancellor since 2006, announced his retirement in May. McKinney’s last day with the A&M System was today.
“Jay has an extensive record of service to the A&M System and the state of Texas, as well as to our country,” said Board of Regents Chairman Richard A. Box. “He will be an invaluable resource for the incoming chancellor, and he is an excellent selection to serve in the interim capacity while we work to identify the right candidate for the permanent position. Jay’s charge from the Board is to ensure the ongoing and continued operations of the A&M System during the chancellor selection process.”
Box added that Kimbrough would not be considered as a candidate for the chancellor position on a permanent basis.
Kimbrough has many years of experience in managing a variety of administrative and legal functions, particularly in Texas government and public service roles. He previously served as deputy chancellor and general counsel for the A&M System from June 2007-October 2008, as well as deputy general counsel from June 2006-June 2007.
In addition, Kimbrough has served as executive director of the Texas Commission on Private Security, executive director for the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and in several capacities within the Office of the Governor. He was a member of the council that made recommendations for the restructure, reform and modernization of the Texas Department of Transportation, and served as conservator for the Texas Youth Commission.
Kimbrough is a former Marine lance corporal who served in Vietnam. He received his B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1973 and his J.D. degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1977.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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