Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin, who has announced plans to rejoin the faculty and resume his teaching and research career, effective Jan. 13, 2014, has been honored by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents with adoption of a formal resolution expressing appreciation for his outstanding leadership and dedicated service. The regents also bestowed on him “president emeritus” designation, beginning after his last day in office.
Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp formally recommended passage of the resolution, which the regents did unanimously and led a standing ovation for President Loftin at their Thursday afternoon meeting. In his remarks to the board, Sharp called Dr. Loftin “one of the most popular presidents in the history of the school.” Sharp said a framed copy of the resolution will be presented to Loftin at a subsequent suitable occasion.
The extensive resolution honoring Loftin, a 1970 Texas A&M graduate who was named president of his alma mater since Feb. 12, 2010 after serving in that office eight months on an interim basis, cited his many accomplishments and noted the university’s progress during his presidency.
During his tenure, Texas A&M enrollment surpassed the 50,000 milestone, which includes graduate enrollment and minority enrollment also at record levels, with each totaling more than 10,000 students. Record numbers of students are also enrolled at Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M University at Qatar.
The resolution also cited President Loftin’s key role in enhancement of academic programs and research-related advances. It also noted expansion of campus facilities during his tenure, including the reopening of the renovated and expanded Memorial Student Center.
Special note was made of Loftin’s leadership in the university’s “hundred year decision” to join the Southeastern Conference, with the resolution also citing the success of the university in several athletic areas.
The full text of the resolution is posted below:
Agenda Item No.
THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
Office of the Chancellor
July 30, 2013
Members, Board of Regents
The Texas A&M University System
Subject: Adoption of a Resolution Honoring R. Bowen Loftin as President of Texas A&M University
I respectfully request the Board of Regents’ approval of the following resolution honoring
R. Bowen Loftin as President of Texas A&M University.
“WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1970, Master of Arts in 1973 and doctoral degree in 1975 from Rice University; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin served as Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he managed a campus of over 1,600 students and 400 faculty and staff, including the Texas Maritime Academy, with a budget of approximately $45 million per year; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin was named the 24th President of Texas A&M University on February 12, 2010, after serving as interim president since June 15, 2009, managing over 53,000 students and over 9,000 faculty and staff with a budget of over $1.2 billion; and
WHEREAS, during Dr. Loftin’s presidency, Texas A&M University grew from 48,702 students to over 50,000; and
WHEREAS, three enrollment milestones were met during Dr. Loftin’s presidency: total enrollment surpassing 50,000, graduate enrollment surpassing 10,000 and minority enrollment surpassing 10,000; and record numbers at Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M University at Qatar; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin oversaw growth in the Corps of Cadets to more than 2,000, its largest membership in 15 years; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin helped Texas A&M University remain first in Texas and among the top universities nationally in annual research investments as the university surpassed $700 million in grants and contracts; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin also helped Texas A&M University maintain rankings among the top universities nationally in providing an excellent education for a reasonable cost and for preparing students for service in the workforce and their communities; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin led the decennial reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a major component of which was the creation of the Texas A&M University Quality Enhancement Plan called Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin maintained Texas A&M University’s top-ten national rankings for enrollment of new National Merit Scholars, helped Texas A&M University at Galveston gain a top five ranking among the best satellite campuses in the nation; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin facilitated the addition of new academic degree programs, including the Master of Fine Arts, and new academic departments, including Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, and helped Texas A&M University at Qatar launch the first master’s degree program of its kind in Qatar, in chemical engineering; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin oversaw the addition of the George P. and Cynthia W. Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, the George P. Mitchell ’40 Physics Building, Agriculture and Life Sciences buildings, the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, the Joint Library Facility with The University of Texas, the Physical Education Activity Program Building, the Northside Residence Hall ““ the university’s first new residence halls since the 1980s ““ Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, the Emerging Technologies Building and the Arts and Humanities Building, the first at Texas A&M University dedicated solely to the liberal arts; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin oversaw the renovation and expansion of numerous facilities, including the historic Memorial Student Center, the YMCA building, Scoates Hall and Jack K. Williams Administration Building, the Luedecke Cyclotron Building, Corps Dorms, Francis Hall and expansion of the Small Animal Hospital and Science Education Building at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin also oversaw the addition of the Seibel Student Services Building and the Jim and Pat McCoy Arena at Texas A&M University at Galveston; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin played a critical role in the development of the 1,400-acre biotechnology corridor of university and private land to leverage Texas A&M University’s strengths in medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture and engineering in new organizations including the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, the Texas A&M Center for Innovation, the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin led the creation of the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study, which attracts world-class scholars to the campus; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin provided the leadership as Texas A&M University became one of seven universities nationally to participate in the Department of Homeland Security Campus Resilience Pilot Program; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin showed tremendous leadership guiding Texas A&M University through one of the largest appropriation reductions for higher education in the state by positioning the university to receive a 10 percent increase in general revenue funding, a rate higher than the statewide university average in the following legislative session; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin oversaw Texas A&M University’s “hundred year decision” to join the Southeastern Conference, as well as unprecedented success of Texas A&M University’s student-athletes during the first year in the League of Champions, including the university’s fourth consecutive Top 10 finish in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings and the awarding of the Heisman Trophy to a freshman for the first time, when Johnny Manziel won the award in 2012; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin oversaw significant growth of Texas A&M University’s licensing program into the twelfth largest in the country and recognized as the national program of the year in 2012;
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin led the efforts to bring The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center under the purview of the university and to enter an agreement to create the Texas A&M School of Law; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Loftin provided leadership during key milestones in Texas A&M University’s history, including the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established the land-grant system; the 50th anniversary of the transition from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas into Texas A&M University; the 50th anniversary of the admission of women students and making participation in the Corps of Cadets optional; the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Texas Maritime Academy, the precursor to Texas A&M University at Galveston; and the tenth anniversary of the creation of Texas A&M University at Qatar; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System desires to express its appreciation for the outstanding leadership shown by R. Bowen Loftin to Texas A&M University and The Texas A&M University System; and, be it, further
RESOLVED, that in honor of his service to The Texas A&M University System, we bestow the title of President Emeritus of Texas A&M University, with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto, upon R. Bowen Loftin; and be it further
RESOLVED, that this resolution be included in the minutes, and copies thereof, signed by the Chairman of the Board of Regents, be presented to Dr. Loftin and to the Archives of Texas A&M University, as a permanent mark of this Board’s appreciation and gratitude to him for a job well done.
ADOPTED, this 8th day of August 2013.”
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