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Texas A&M System vice chancellor Terry Fossum resigns - The Eagle: News

Texas A&M System vice chancellor Terry Fossum resigns

Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:00 am

The Texas A&M University System's vice chancellor for Global and Corporate Partnerships retired Monday, a few months after the high-ranking position was created.

Terry Fossum has worked for Texas A&M since 1987. She was named Texas A&M's interim vice president for research in 2012 and in May became vice chancellor -- a position in which she earned $370,000 annually and reported directly to System Chancellor John Sharp. The regents unanimously created the position to foster the creation of public-private partnerships for the system and its universities.

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  • master of disaster posted at 10:15 pm on Tue, Jan 14, 2014.

    master of disaster Posts: 541

    Scare tactics? You're only not scared because you're clearly not in academia. The fact that the regents at KU were able to pass this unanimously, overnight, because of the outcry from one journalism professor's social media activities (an exercise of free speech) is cause for alarm. The fact that the potential for stripping the university of its accreditation exists AND was not examined except by one education professor is truly scary. It means that the Regents at KU are idiots - and true idiots, not political idiots. Lastly, the only reason why the policy is being examined is - taa-daa!!! - pushback from the faculty. Yes, the same tenured faculty you abhor here as troublemakers and busybodies questioning every action are the ones who managed to save protected free speech for the faculty at KU.

    So spare me your words of presumed logic.

  • Nativetex posted at 10:28 pm on Sun, Jan 12, 2014.

    Nativetex Posts: 38

    And she has clearly been looking as far back as when she landed her her current position:

    obasfirst, this also has a link to her CV. As Sabio mentions, she does have an impressive record in veterinary medicine and technology development. That said, she has also benefitted from close ties to Austin in moving up the ladder without the normal stops as department chair or dean.

  • Nativetex posted at 10:21 pm on Sun, Jan 12, 2014.

    Nativetex Posts: 38

    Sabio, then you also should know that it is not uncommon for these types of positions that the 'real' qualified applicants do not submit applications until the 11th hour, if that.

  • Icare posted at 5:12 pm on Sun, Jan 12, 2014.

    Icare Posts: 4

    It is amazing how the Governor's hand-picked bunch keeps messing around with the Texas taxpayer's money on their games driven by egos and ignorance. Vice Chancellor of this and that, at $370K/yr a piece, gets placed on a pedal one day and thrown out another day. No doubt Dr. Fossum is an outstanding vet surgeon, but obviously it takes being in the Governor's inside circle to be "visionary" and "catalyst" for initiatives that go as far beyond one's expertise as fusion energy and engineering. In fact anything's possible with "the smart, forward-thinking BOR and visionary State leadership" (read: Governor and his supporters). (Quoted from Fossum's memo that's attached to the article but not cited by Eagle.)
    There's no doubt, as another entry to this discussion has suggested, that without a change of Governor we have no chance in h-ell of getting rid of the wasteful mess we are in. Even then it will take years.

  • Sabio posted at 1:35 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    Internally? Yeah, I do.

  • PITYoxbow posted at 12:32 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    PITYoxbow Posts: 1

    Being hubris is fun?

  • obasfirst posted at 11:37 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    just give the link so we can see what you see.

    getting DVM and Ph.D is unrelated to academic reputation.

    I guess you know who applied for the position of presidency at A&M right?

  • Sabio posted at 11:22 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    masterofdisaster, a bit of chicken little there, don't ya think? Has any action been taken to strip Kansas of its accreditation? No. Could Kansas be stripped of its accreditation for the new social media policy? Maybe, but it could be stripped of its accreditation for other things as well.

    You also fail to mention that the title "Chancellor" has different meanings at A&M than it does at other places. For example, Dr. Loftin will become the "Chancellor" at the U. of Missouri next month. In that system it is the equivalent to "President". The same is true at the University of Kansas. Its "Chancellor" serves in a role we would recognize as "President".

    Lastly, you fail to mention that the BOR of Kansas University - which passed this policy which applies to ALL universities in the System (more than 30) - has appointed a work group to review the policy. It is likely that this policy is modified.

    Enough with the scare tactics. It gets old.

  • Sabio posted at 11:10 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    Go look for it. One does not get a DVM and a Ph.D. without having serious academic chops.

  • obasfirst posted at 9:57 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    @sabio, what cv? It's not on her vetmed web site and her name is not on the systems site.

  • Sabio posted at 6:56 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    You also must have missed that 5 million people LOST THEIR HEALTHCARE. They were promised that "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it", but they were lied to. Tens of MILLIONS more will lose their healthcare next October when the employer mandate kicks in as those plans too won't measure up to the new standards.

    So, assuming that 5 million people actually signed up AND PAID FOR insurance, there are just as many uninsured after Obamacare as there was before.

    Obamacare isn't about healthcare delivery, it's about insurance. Bad insurance at that, as everyone is forced in to a "one size fits all" plan. I will never again have children, a physical impossibility. Why do I need a plan with maternity care, or child care - and why should I be forced to pay for such care for others?!? A shame that you don't realize what a disaster Obamacare is for this country generally, and for healthcare specifically.

  • Sabio posted at 6:47 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    adnerdette, Dr. Fossum has an outstanding academic reputation, period. To argue otherwise is moronic. Go take a look at her CV. Only in your "dreamworld" does she not have an outstanding academic reputation. One bright and talented woman.

    And no, she's not a candidate for A&M's Presidency. Didn't apply.

  • Oxbow posted at 7:59 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Oxbow Posts: 2

    Yes, I did enjoy that. No, I don't work for the university or the system. Never have, never will.

    Far from retirement, Dr. Fossum will take her talents to another university which will greatly benefit from her skills. Our loss will be their gain.

  • master of disaster posted at 6:44 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    master of disaster Posts: 541

    Obamacare a failure with more than 5 million enrolled? People who would otherwise have to otherwise rely on emergency room visits, the costs of which affect us all? Five million people who were able to enroll despite the obstacles that flat earth women haters like Rick Perry put in their way? I must have missed that bit of news, but then I don't watch the O'Reilly Factor or Hannity. I have a bookshelf full of books if I want fiction.

  • master of disaster posted at 6:38 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    master of disaster Posts: 541

    I'll buy the rest but the wrong chancellor can do real damage. KU instituted its social media policy and is now running the risk of losing HLC accreditation. And Sharp's position is far more powerful than most other chancellorships.

  • otcrat posted at 8:36 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    otcrat Posts: 2

    Was that fun for you? So Oxbow, which one of them gave you your job?

  • Oxbow posted at 8:08 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Oxbow Posts: 2

    I have just read comments from "The least substantial people on the planet"

  • otcrat posted at 7:26 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    otcrat Posts: 2

    Terry Fossum, Guy Diedrich, and Brett Giroir. the least substantial people on the planet. Notice Terry said nothing about the $6 million per year loss of a vacant building that is TIPPS. TIPPS was all her doing and it is a failure. Sold by her with lies, built with greed, graft and extortion. Now they can use the $300k they paid here to higher 10 well paid English teachers that can do T&M some good for a change.

  • cykwisely posted at 4:58 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    cykwisely Posts: 3

    Dearest Afar, thank you for the enlightenment, I stand corrected (in a corner, with my nose pressed against the wall 2 inches above my height, in a time out, for not being as well read I should be).

    I do have to agree with you regarding the effects of "research" being taken over by TAMU, though.

    Blessings to you.

  • cykwisely posted at 4:48 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    cykwisely Posts: 3

    The purported IBM fiasco.

  • obasfirst posted at 1:02 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    is this "female" taking responsibility for anything? In what sense is she a scapegoat?

  • FromAfar posted at 12:58 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 485

    when WAS the last time you actually read of a "male" taking responsibility for a failed project

    At A&M I guess it was Richard Ewing, who resigned as VP for Research because of the Geochemical & Environmental Research Group problem.

    But Ewing's biggest mistake was in starting the move to get research administration taken over by TAMU. This will hurt us for years to come.

  • cykwisely posted at 12:37 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    cykwisely Posts: 3

    Seriously people . . . when WAS the last time you actually read of a "male" taking responsibility for a failed project (or even their own work performance, level of integrity, etc)? Heck NO, it's the ladies who are the scape goats for failed endeavors! (who took the fall for Obama care?) Kudos to Terry for being one step ahead of the other RATS in the race!

  • adnerdette posted at 11:46 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    adnerdette Posts: 8

    "outstanding academic reputation"

    In whose dreamworld? The letter is clear a plea, 'pick me, pick me' for Pres.

  • Sabio posted at 11:22 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    Not my problem either. Things will change in/by 2015. New Gov., new Regents, etc. Besides, no group of Regents, no Gov., no Chancellor, nor a President can do any real long term harm to A&M (or Texas for that matter). Too big, too diverse in activity, and too much of an engrained culture for any real damage.

  • Sabio posted at 11:20 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    I like one of them, don't know one, and haven't met the other. More a commentary on the goofy decisions made by system leadership (i.e. Sharp). Not a fan of his. Terry must have had the good sense to get out and not let her outstanding academic reputation become stained by System nonsense.

  • elf posted at 11:13 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    elf Posts: 1594

    No Sabio, you will have to include the entire BOR, Sharp, Perry, and at least two more for normalcy. Your problem, not mine.

  • obasfirst posted at 10:37 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    "forward thinking Board or Regents", "visionary State Leadership". It was a good thing I was sitting when reading that. She sure is funny.

    The rumor is she got kicked out because of completely mishandling the IBM "partnership"

  • techag posted at 10:01 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    techag Posts: 206

    Something smells fishy here.

  • bemused posted at 9:47 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    bemused Posts: 1

    In major universities nationwide, standard procedure for selecting an interim president is to appoint a dean or similarly qualified person as the caretaker. Having the governor select an interim president grossly violated this process and would have signaled the further politicalization of A&M to the detriment of the university and Texas taxpayers. Hussey may have been a "Sharp-favorite," but the chancellor followed the accepted procedure.

  • bbfan22 posted at 9:42 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    bbfan22 Posts: 248

    My keen senses tell me you're not a fan of those three. Care to enlighten the rest of us?

  • Sabio posted at 7:13 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    Ah, the triumvirate, Terry Fossum, Guy Diedrich, and Brett Giroir.

    One down, two to go. The journey to normalcy in the A&M system has begun.