Sunday, November 1, 2009

Loftin's hat is in the ring

In the Eagle:
Texas A&M Interim President R. Bowen Loftin said that he would accept the university's presidency post if it were offered to him and that it would be an honor to lead his alma mater.

Loftin suggested that he was a candidate for the position but didn't directly say that he had applied.
For how this might be received on campus, we get the views of noted faculty relations expert Regent Gene Stallings:
"He has the ability to communicate with faculty. He's got the respect of faculty," said Regent Gene Stallings. "I'm sort of outside looking in, but I think he's done an outstanding job under some pretty tough circumstances."
Faculty Senate leader Bob Bednarz reacts as predicted by Vision 1920 in June:
"Faculty have generally found his decisions reasonable," said Robert Bednarz, speaker of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate. "They've been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt."

Bednarz, who was speaking as a spokesman for the faculty, also is a member of the 16-person search committee that is looking for Texas A&M's next president.
An alternative wording might be:
The faculty are resigned to their concerns being ignored

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