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It's Time For Texas A&M To Chart Our Own Course

Scot Walker '90 August 13, 2011 11:42 AM

August 13, 2011


Howdy, Ags!

Today, as always, Texas A&M University is fortunate to have a University president at our helm who firmly places the best interests of Texas A&M as the top priority in any decisions he makes.   In our discussions with Dr. R. Bowen Loftin '71, we often ask him how The Association of Former Students and the Aggie Network can help him and help Texas A&M.

As you may be aware, reports have circulated that Texas A&M is contemplating a change in athletic conferences.  This has generated much speculation across the Aggie Network and among alumni of schools that  could be impacted by our possible change of conferences. It is our understanding that some of these alumni have begun to exert influence on their elected officials to take interceding action.

While these individuals are certainly entitled to voice their opinions to their elected officials, so too are Aggies.  The decision on Texas A&M's conference alignment - or any decision impacting our University's future - is one that should be made by our University leaders.  If Aggies, too, will engage their elected officials and ask them to consider Texas A&M's need to do what is right and best for our school and our future, our President and other University leaders can focus solely on the best interests of Texas A&M today and tomorrow.

Opportunities abound for Texas A&M, and our University leaders need the latitude to explore and pursue avenues that will be to our benefit.  We should be free to chart our own course without the influence of those who may not have our best interest at heart.  If you agree, I hope you will reach out to your elected State of Texas officials and respectfully encourage them to let Texas A&M guide Texas A&M's future.

The Association of Former Students is committed to promoting the interests and welfare of Texas A&M.   Earlier this week we shared a video of a recent panel discussion on the future of higher education.  Throughout the discussion our panelists expressed the importance of allowing the leadership at Texas A&M to make decisions without outside influence. We believe that to be true in all circumstances.

Thank you for your support of Texas A&M.  We ask that you join The Association and our friends at the 12th Man Foundation in supporting Texas A&M President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin ’71 as he determines what is best for our  great University.

Respectfully,




Porter S. Garner III '79
Jorge A. Bermudez '73
President and CEO
2011 Chair of the Board
The Association of Former Students
The Association of Former Students


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