R. Bowen Loftin, who became president of Texas A&M University during a time of turmoil and brought a measure of calm to the College Station campus, announced Friday that he would step down and return to full-time teaching and research, effective Jan. 13.
Loftin, 64, became president in February 2010 after Elsa Murano, the first woman and the first Hispanic to lead the university, resigned under pressure stemming from clashes with then-System Chancellor Mike McKinney, who made it clear he took his marching orders from the Board of Regents.
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