Loftin sole finalist to be A&M president

January 22, 2010 4:05:52 AM PST
Texas A&M System regents have named interim President R. Bowen Loftin to lead the flagship campus in College Station. Loftin on Thursday was named sole finalist to replace Elsa Murano, who resigned under pressure in June. He previously was a Texas A&M vice president and CEO of its branch campus in Galveston.

Regents cannot finalize Loftin's appointment for at least 21 days.

Chairman Morris Foster says Loftin has demonstrated a keen ability to successfully lead the billion-dollar teaching, research and service enterprise.

Loftin says a priority it "Vision 2020," A&M's effort to become a top 10 public university by that year.

Loftin holds a bachelor's degree in physics from A&M. He has advanced degrees in physics from Rice University in Houston. His wife, Karin, is an associate biosafety officer at A&M.