Texas A&M’s president announces his retirement.
Michael Young is stepping down May 31st of next year.
He will stay at A&M to lead his new Institute for Religious Liberties and International Affairs at the Bush School.
He will also join the faculty at A&M’s law school.
Young is in his sixth year as president.
Click below for comments from Michael Young and reaction from College Station mayor Karl Mooney, speaking on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs.
As we continue to navigate the start of the academic year toward what I am hopeful will be a great semester followed by a beautiful springtime in Aggieland, I wanted to let you know that I have notified Chancellor Sharp that I plan to retire as president, effective May 31, 2021. Marti and I have been discussing this for more than a year. We concluded that, after almost a quarter century of serving in senior academic leadership roles and an increasing desire to turn back to topics that occupied much of my previous career, this would be our last year.
In the meantime, I will continue to focus on the priorities at hand, preserving our core educational missions and ensuring that we are well situated to continue our extraordinary progress as a world-class educational institution.
In this academic year we face unusual challenges. Yet we will continue to provide transformational learning opportunities for all our students, as well as produce remarkable discoveries that improve the lives of the people of Texas and our country.
My charge upon arrival in 2015 was to help create a trajectory that would give Texas A&M an international reputation while remembering our core mission as a land grant institution. I am pleased with the significant rise in rankings, the noteworthy expansion of research, our remarkable success in the ambitious $4 billion Lead by Example fundraising campaign, and most of all, the privilege of working every day with our exceptional students and our dauntless faculty and staff.
I remember meeting students on my first visit to Texas A&M before accepting the position. While the students were not aware of the nature of my visit, their core values of respect, leadership, excellence, loyalty, integrity and selfless service shined through. I knew what a wonderful opportunity it would be to serve them. I look forward to joining the faculty of the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the Texas A&M School of Law for that same reason.
Statements issued from the Texas A&M system:
Elaine Mendoza, Chairman, Texas A&M University System Board of Regents: “President Young has been a transformational leader, contributing to a rise in Texas A&M’s national and international reputation as a global tier one research institution while meeting the growing needs of the citizens of Texas. Of particular note is his work toward student retention, helping those who come to Texas A&M succeed in fulfilling Texas A&M’s mission to graduate leaders who selflessly serve.”
John Sharp, Chancellor, Texas A&M University System said, “I thank Mike Young for his tremendous service to Texas A&M. When we recruited him, we wanted him to help Texas A&M become the best public university in the country and we have made great strides in doing so under his leadership, some examples of which are attached. We appreciate his service and look forward to recognizing his achievements in the months to come.”