Loftin to negotiate next AD contract; pursue law school
Published: Friday, June 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
The Texas A&M System Board of Regents gave University President R. Bowen Loftin authority to select a new athletic director during a special meeting Friday afternoon. The board also gave Loftin and A&M System Chancellor John Sharp the go ahead to pursue Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
Loftin said he anticipates a new athletic director will be selected and on the ground in College Station by Aug. 1.
Reports indicate it will be much sooner.
According to The Associated Press, the University of South Carolina’s Athletic Director Eric Hyman has left the university after seven years to “guide Texas A&M’s transition into the Southeastern Conference as the Aggies new athletic director.”
University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides accepted Hyman’s resignation.
"We wish Eric well in his next endeavor. The University of South Carolina bears the marks of his leadership- from enhanced facilities to the hiring of strong coaches to higher student graduation rates," Pastides said.
After the approval by the board, Loftin said he now has authority to negotiate a contract with the “most high-priority candidate,” whose name was not released.
A&M officials will announce the next athletic director 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Flag Room at the Memorial Student Center.
The regents also gave Loftin and Sharp “authorization to take any and all action to investigate and pursue a potential affiliation with Texas Wesleyan School of Law.”
A&M’s next step, after given authorization by the board, is to request approval to offer a law degree by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
“I’ve seen aspirations as far back as the 1920s at Texas A&M to have a law school,” Loftin said. “Universities of our breadth and quality typically have a law school, and so it’s time.”
“Now we have a second opportunity to make that happen, in my lifetime anyway, and I’m looking forward to see it come to fruition,” he said.
Loftin said, regarding the location of A&M’s pursuit to obtain a law school, A&M is not in a major metropolitan area such as Dallas-Fort Worth, which is necessary to be near major courts and law firms to provide opportunities for students.