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Banks Takes Helm As Texas A&M President

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 May 27, 2021 2:08 PM updated: June 1, 2021 9:07 AM

As A&M's new leader takes office June 1, Association President and CEO Porter S. Garner III ’79 said, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Kathy Banks as president of Texas A&M University today. Dr. Banks begins her tenure with a holistic appreciation for Texas A&M and Texas Aggies, gained from her almost ten years of experience as dean of the Texas A&M College of Engineering and her personal experience as an Aggie Mom. She is a proven and respected leader, and I look forward to working with her closely as she guides Texas A&M to new heights of excellence and distinction."

Banks is the 26th president of Texas A&M University. Previously, she was dean of the Texas A&M College of Engineering and vice chancellor of engineering and national laboratories. As president, she will also carry the title vice chancellor of national laboratories and national security strategic initiatives because of her continued involvement with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Bush Combat Development Complex at the RELLIS Campus.

Banks, who had led A&M's College of Engineering since 2012, was selected after a national search led by Elaine Mendoza '87 and Tim Leach '82, chair and vice chair of the A&M System Board of Regents, and a 15-member search committee.

When her nomination was confirmed in March, A&M System Chancellor John Sharp '72 said, “We have all worked with Dr. Banks for many years and we know what she has done to transform our engineering college, which this week the U.S. News & World Report ranked as the best in Texas.

"Dr. Banks is going to do for the university what she has already done for engineering.  She is going to be a great president.”

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