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Texas A&M president announces interim athletic director

Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 16:17:33-04

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M named an interim athletic director on Friday.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said it's important to have a person who is familiar with the university leading the department. He named R.C. Slocum as the interim athletic director.

“R.C. has served as an Ambassador for Texas A&M for decades,” Young said. “While reporting to me as a special assistant, R.C. has demonstrated his dedication to this University and always is an exemplary representative for Aggies everywhere. He has shown proven leadership with coaches, staff and student athletes throughout his many roles at Texas A&M University.”

Slocum coached the A&M football program for 14 seasons from 1989-2002. He never had a losing season and became the winningest coach in the university's history.

He won four conference championships including the 1998 Big 12 crown.

He is also a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

“I’ve been involved with Texas A&M for 47 years, and have deep feelings about the University. I feel like we’re right on the cusp of greatness with our athletic programs. My role is to keep the momentum going forward until a permanent AD is hired, as well as to assure Aggies, coaches and athletes that nothing has changed. Texas A&M is poised to enter into one of our greatest era of achievements. We have great coaches in place, state-of-the-art facilities and our alumni have been unbelievable supporters of our programs. I’m excited about what’s ahead.”

Scott Woodward, who was hired as the athletic director at Texas A&M, announced Thursday that he is taking the same position at LSU. It's his alma mater.

No deadline has been set for the hiring of the new athletic director. The search begins immediately.