R. Bowen Loftin will leave his position as A&M president in January. The 1970 Aggie graduate was named president in February 2010, after serving eight months as interim president. He will return to a faculty position as a tenured professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
In a statement released by the university, Loftin said "Since returning to Texas A&M in 2005 as a vice president, my greatest joy has always been found in our students, my love for them and for this extraordinary institution has never been stronger."
He adds "I do miss the opportunity to teach and do research - activities that have characterized my long career in higher education."
University Chancellor John Sharp intends to launch a national search for Loftin's replacement. A&M left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference during his tenure. The university also credited Loftin for overseeing growth in research dollars and the school's freshman class. This year's incoming class is the largest in A&M's history.