Academic named as A&M's interim president; regents reject governor's pick

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Regents on Saturday picked Mark Hussey, a Texas A&M University System vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to be the school's interim president, disappointing a powerful alum, Gov. Rick Perry, who had wanted someone from outside of academia to fill the post.

The Board of Regents' unanimous selection of Hussey to lead the 53,000-student school came as a relief to faculty leaders who had been bracing for what many would have considered a major affront: having the post go to a non-academic at a time when A&M is enjoying record enrollment and a resurgent football program.

Regent Jim Schwertner said he heard from many people in the academic and agricultural communities who had high praise for Hussey.

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