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Nothing left but goodbye: Loftin has one more day as A&M's president

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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:00 am

R. Bowen Loftin's farewell tour is winding down. The 24th president of Texas A&M has one day left in office before leaving to take the top spot at the University of Missouri.

The 64-year-old's agenda for Monday, his last day on the job, is mostly good-byes. He is having lunch with former President George H.W. Bush and is meeting with donors that afternoon. Loftin joked that at midnight he'll turn into a pumpkin. That's not true; he starts on Feb. 1 as chancellor at Missouri, which has the same responsibilities as president at A&M.

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4 comments:

  • 2001ag posted at 9:10 pm on Sun, Jan 12, 2014.

    2001ag Posts: 87

    Loftin has been on a handshaking tour since he arrived in College Station. How about giving back the 850K in taxpayer hush money? You really didn't need it and that could pay for up to 5 students tuition. Wishful thinking.

     
  • TexasEagle2 posted at 5:08 pm on Sun, Jan 12, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 554

    Loftin was richly rewarded for leaving his position...he then got another position at an equally good land grant university. Why was he paid big bucks to leave? buy his silence? Each student contributed about $16 dollars to Loftin's exit...payment for all the free pictures he took with them, and having to buy some Mizzou colored bow ties. A lovely, gentle, inconsequential president....but, the Gov, BOR, and chancellor got what they wanted, a puppet-mascot who they could send out to campus and the community to interact with students while they ran the university. Job well done, Mr. President. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

     
  • Icare posted at 3:29 pm on Sun, Jan 12, 2014.

    Icare Posts: 4

    Loftin's tenure at A&M will be a sad chapter in the university's history. Here's a perfectly decent man with moderate academic credentials who was "liked" by the gang that ran the System at the time of his selection. Although it is not nice to sat it, but the fact is that Loftin was not the leader for a Tier 1 university wanting to elevate itself to higher levels. His kind and gentle manners and his genuine love for students are no doubt good qualities but not sufficient to meet expectations of faculty.

    We hope now the current Chancellor and BOR will come to their senses and let the faculty help them in selecting a right person. This hope may, however, remain a dream until a new governor decides to take the hands off the university's throat.

     
  • master of disaster posted at 6:24 am on Sun, Jan 12, 2014.

    master of disaster Posts: 508

    I hope there's room on the moving truck for the extra-large valise full of TAMU buyout cash.

     

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