Murano resigns as A&M president

|Texas A&M University President Elsa Murano holds up a medallion after being formally invested as the university's 23rd leader during the Texas A&M academic convocation ceremony at Rudder Theatre.|Eagle file photo

Elsa Murano, Texas A&M University's first Hispanic and first female president, will resign Monday. 
The details of the resignation were unclear. Murano's lawyer said she will not comment today. And he said he was uncertain whether Murano would be at the special Board of Regents meeting on Monday, in which many expected her employment status would be discussed.
She will be returning to a faculty position, pending Board of Regents approval.
Through her lawyer, Murano released a statement Sunday afternoon.
"Our university is strong and I know that we will weather this storm," she wrote. "I sincerely hope and pray that we will intensify our efforts to protect and enhance Texas A&M's reputation. I trust that the important issues raised in recent weeks will be addressed in the Aggie way - with integrity, selfless service and indomitable spirit. God bless you all, and gig 'em!"
The recent controversy was sparked when Texas A&M University System Chancellor Mike McKinney told The Eagle in late May that combining his job with Murano's was one of several cost-cutting measures that was being considered.
Though he said no plans were in place, the possibility caused widespread criticism of such a move.
Then, the next week, a scathing performance evaluation of Murano by McKinney - which was handwritten and deemed unprofessional by many in the business and academic community who read it - was released in response to an open-records request filed by The Eagle the week before.
In the statement released Sunday, Murano wrote:
"The events of recent weeks have been very taxing for the entire Aggie family. The faculty, students and staff have demonstrated incredible loyalty to this institution, upholding our Aggie values during these exceedingly trying times. I am truly grateful for the countless expressions of support that I have received from our faculty, staff, current and former students, and friends of Texas A&M. I cannot adequately express how much I have appreciated your many letters, phone calls, e-mails, and especially your prayers. They have been truly uplifting and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
"My husband Peter and I fell in love with Texas A&M the moment we set foot in Aggieland back in 1995. This deep and abiding passion for what the university represents, and for the people of the Aggie family, reinforces my duty to do what is best for Texas A&M. For this reason, I will be resigning as President of our beloved university, effective tomorrow, June 15, 2009, to return to the faculty, subject to approval by the Board of Regents."


Statement of Dr. Elsa A. Murano, President of Texas A&M University:

"The events of recent weeks have been very taxing for the entire Aggie family. The faculty, students and staff have demonstrated incredible loyalty to this institution, upholding our Aggie values during these exceedingly trying times. I am truly grateful for the countless expressions of support that I have received from our faculty, staff, current and former students, and friends of Texas A&M. I cannot adequately express how much I have appreciated your many letters, phone calls, e-mails, and especially your prayers. They have been truly uplifting and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


"My husband Peter and I fell in love with Texas A&M the moment we set foot in Aggieland back in 1995. This deep and abiding passion for what the university represents, and for the people of the Aggie family, reinforces my duty to do what is best for Texas A&M. For this reason, I will be resigning as President of our beloved university, effective tomorrow, June 15, 2009, to return to the faculty, subject to approval by the Board of Regents.


"Our university is strong and I know that we will weather this storm. I sincerely hope and pray that we will intensify our efforts to protect and enhance Texas A&M's reputation. I trust that the important issues raised in recent weeks will be addressed in the Aggie way - with integrity, selfless service and indomitable spirit. God bless you all, and gig 'em!"

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