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A Personal Farewell From Dr. Loftin To The Aggie Network

Laura Johnston '07 December 5, 2013 11:51 AM

The University of Missouri System announced Thursday that Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin '71 will be the university's 22nd Chancellor. Loftin announced on July 16 he would be stepping down as Texas A&M's president effective Jan. 13. He has been serving in this position since 2009.

President Loftin sent this letter to the Aggie Network explaining his decision. The Association of Former Students appreciates Dr. Loftin's service to the university and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

To the Aggie Family,

When I announced, in July of this year, my resignation from the presidency of Texas A&M University, I noted that my love for students is and has been my primary motivation. At that time a return to the faculty and to teaching and research seemed the logical path for me. Since that announcement I
have devoted a great deal of thought to how best to continue doing what I love—serving students.

Recently, a unique and exciting opportunity came my way, an opportunity to continue affecting the lives and futures of thousands of students, not just a few dozen enrolled in the classes I would teach or working in the laboratories where I would do research. While it is very difficult to imagine ourselves anywhere else but Aggieland, Karin and I have found a new home with many of the attributes of Texas A&M. Today the University of Missouri System is announcing that I will become the 22nd Chancellor of its flagship campus in Columbia, Missouri.

As a Fightin’ Texas Aggie, a piece of me will always be here, and my love for this university’s students will not lessen. We look forward to maintaining the friendships we have forged here while we develop new ones in the State of Missouri.  I will be leading the oldest public university west of the Mississippi, a land-grant institution that shares much with Texas A&M—a rich history, membership in the Association of American Universities and the Southeastern Conference, an outstanding faculty and staff, and a passionate student body and alumni.

We wish only the best for Texas A&M and for its students, former students, faculty and staff.

R. Bowen Loftin '71

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