COLLEGE STATION, TX — A 17-member committee has been created to conduct a national search to find a successor to Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young, Chancellor John Sharp announced Thursday.
Young notified the campus community on Wednesday that he would retire as president, effective May 31, 2021, to return to teaching and lead the new Institute for Religious Liberties and International Affairs within the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
“Selecting a university president for this great institution, particularly in these challenging times, is of paramount importance,” said Chancellor Sharp. “I want to thank this committee for volunteering their time to this critical task. We want a president with superb academic credentials who recognizes and will maintain the special culture and traditions that make Aggies unique in the world.”
The search advisory committee is charged with delivering a minimum of three candidates to Chancellor Sharp who will refer one of them to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The committee includes two Texas A&M System regents: Chairman Elaine Mendoza and Vice Chairman Tim Leach.
The other voting members are:
Susan BallabinaDeputy Vice ChancellorChief Operating Officer for the Vice Chancellor of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Kristina BallardStaff Council PresidentCommunications Specialist III, TAMU Engineering
Kathleen GibsonChair of TrusteesTexas A&M Foundation
Greg HartmanVice Chancellor for Strategic InitiativesSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M Health
Yava Jones-HallAssociate Professor, Veterinary PathobiologyDirector of the Core Histology Laboratory
John JunkinsDistinguished Professor and Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair of Aerospace EngineeringRegents Professor; Director, Hagler Institute for Advanced Study
Jack LafieldBoard of Trustees12th Man Foundation
Arvind MahajanAssociate Dean, Mays Business School; Regents Professor; Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence;Piper Professor; Lamar Savings Professor of Finance
Cathy MannChair, Board of DirectorsAssociation of Former Students
Eric MendozaTAMU Student Body PresidentMays Business School
Roderic PettigrewChief Executive Officer of Engineering HealthExecutive Dean for Engineering Medicine
Joe RamirezBrigadier General, (Ret.)Commandant, Corps of Cadets
John StalloneProfessor, Vascular Physiology and PharmacologyFaculty Senate Speaker
Jorge VanegasDean, College of ArchitectureProfessor of Architecture
Karen WooleyDistinguished Professor, Chemistry; W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Chair; Professor of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions
James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will be the committee staff person and an ex-officio member.