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Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014 12:00 am

The search for a new Texas A&M University president might take longer than originally expected, or it might not -- officials are still not releasing much information to the public.

The chairman of the search committee, Texas A&M System Regent Cliff Thomas, declined to comment Thursday following the board's meeting in Galveston. During previous searches, the chairman has updated the public on the process, but A&M administrators maintain the search will continue out of the public eye to protect the candidates and A&M's ability to attract them.

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  • elf posted at 2:34 pm on Tue, Feb 4, 2014.

    elf Posts: 1566

    It is certain that "CCCK" (Corporate , Catholic, Cripple Kid) won't solve these problems. First, he has no interest in education except in the voucher system that funnels funds to Catholic private schools. Second, he does not believe women should be in government, just as women are not allowed in the administration of the Catholic Church. Third, he is not only against abortion, he is against contraception acceping only abstinence. The problem with abstinence is that it has side effects -- babies. And finally, he has been bought by corporations. Any President he would choose would be a very rich CEO executive type that gave him millions in campaign bribes.

  • Upper Echelon posted at 4:58 pm on Mon, Feb 3, 2014.

    Upper Echelon Posts: 17

    Your list is quite the folly obasfirst.

  • elf posted at 10:31 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    elf Posts: 1566

    That's about par for the course. Non-academics would like them.

  • obasfirst posted at 10:15 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    obasfirst Posts: 622

    if we are throwing out names, here is my two cents (in random order):

    Karan Watson, Kathy Banks, Bud Peterson, Guy Dietrich

  • Sabio posted at 9:53 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1462

    elf is wrong, TexasEagle2 and fromafar are correct in their versions. But it's moot, Nancy Dickey isn't being, nor will be, considered for A&M's Presidency. Hopefully, the ongoing battle between Perry and Sharp won't scare away good candidates. It's not looking good so far, however. The pool is pretty thin. The closer we get to the election, the less the battle will matter.

  • TexasEagle2 posted at 9:47 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 566

    Elf, you can say whatever you wish, we agree on many things, but in this case, the HSC was third rate at best, Dickey was not a respected leader...A&M has a lot of work to do to bring the HSC and the law school up to par...Dickey "quit" when her power was going to be taken away from her through absorbtion of the HSC into A&M....there are many stories to tell here, but most left better unsaid. In any case, the HSC has moved on, powerful things are and will happen under new leadership. Dickey tried her was time to move on.

  • Upper Echelon posted at 8:11 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    Upper Echelon Posts: 17

    Conspiracy theories......

  • elf posted at 2:03 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    elf Posts: 1566

    Dickey was not removed, she quit in absolute disgust at the takeover by Sharp. Loftin was probably removed. Texas A&M could take a lesson from LSU and solve the whole problem with the President fighting the Chancellor. LSU in June, 2013, named Dr. Alexander as both President and Chancellor.

  • FromAfar posted at 1:23 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 439

    While I am myself no expert on medical schools and personnel therein, TexasEagle2's perspective is much closer than elf's to what my HSC sources say about the school and Dickey.

  • TexasEagle2 posted at 12:59 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    TexasEagle2 Posts: 566

    Dickey was removed from her HSC position when the merger of the HSC into the university occurred. If you honestly look at the rating of the medical program it was overall at best 2nd rate...about on par with the law school A&M acquired. New leadership was needed to make this a first class operation...ND wasn't the one to supply that leadership. She wasn't particularly well liked by those in the know at the HSC...A&M can do better in its choice of a president...

  • udder epauletts posted at 12:27 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    udder epauletts Posts: 89

    While I'm sure that Perry will not be the next president of A&M, there _is_ precedent for non-PhD holders at the presidency of a major university. Mitch Daniels has a JD** and no academic experience but is the president of Purdue University.

    Interesting that Perry pushed for Dietrich to be promoted into some kind of shadow chancellorship. Fortunately the Regents had a moment of clarity and shut that whole thing down - otherwise that would have clearly been a Perry roosting point post-Austin.

    **I don't think anyone with any experience in academia would make the equivalence between JD and PhD, but I'm sure someone here will.

  • elf posted at 11:07 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    elf Posts: 1566

    I find it amusing that the obvious choice for President, Nancy Dickey, will probably not be their choice because of solely political reasons. Where else could this committee find a person of world acclaimed leadership, a nationally know medical innovator and former president of the AMA, a former President of the School of Rural Health and Health Science, and truly accomplish in her field. Texas A&M could not have a better President than Dr. Dickey. It will be interesting to find out how much less suitable the candidate is that this committee finally proposes.

  • Aggieprof posted at 10:42 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Have to agree with the "allknowing" Sabio. Perry is not interested in becoming president of A&M. Also, I don't think they would choose somebody without even a PhD.

    Nevertheless, after a failed campaign to become POTUS, the chancellorship
    at A&M could be an possibility.....

  • AC Hopper posted at 9:51 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    AC Hopper Posts: 17


  • Sabio posted at 8:40 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    Sabio Posts: 1462

    I laugh at these silly notions that things are lining up for Perry to be President of A&M. He has aspirations to be President, that is certain. But it's not A&M for which he wants to be President.

    Take it to the bank. Perry will NOT be the next President of Texas A&M, period.

  • Kade posted at 6:43 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    Kade Posts: 55

    Of course they're being quiet and taking their time. There's no hurry. Perry has a while before he steps down as Governor and then needs a new job at tax-payer expense.


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