Presidents of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas &
Texas A&M University

compiled by Trey Holt, 2002, updated 2007


1  Thomas Sanford GATHRIGHT



1st President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
July 15, 1876 - November 21, 1879

Jan  5 1829              : Born in Monroe County, Georgia.
       1830's            : Family moved to Alabama. He attended school at
                           Greensprings, Alabama.
       1854              : Opened a private boys school, Summerville Institute
                           in Gholson County, Mississippi.
Apr  3 1876              : Appointed State Superintendant of Education in
                           Mississippi.
Jul 15 1876 - Nov 21 1879: Elected first President of the A&M College after
                           Jefferson Davis declined the position. He was
                           relieved of the presidency November 21, 1979 in
                           the reorganization of the College.
Dec    1879 - May 24 1880: After leaving the A&M College he served as president
                           of the Henderson Male and Female College until his
                           death.
May 24 1880              : Died in Henderson, Rusk Co, Texas
                         : Buried in the City Cemetery,Henderson, Rusk Co, Texas






2  John Garland JAMES



2nd President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
November 22, 1879 - April 1, 1883

Dec  1 1844              : Born in Chatham, Fluvanna County, Virginia.
                           Son of Henry & Eliza Maria (WILLS) JAMES.
Jul  4 1866              : Graduated from Virginia Military Institute with 2nd
                           honors. During his college career he served in the
                           Confederate Army, acting as color guard and 3rd
                           corporal in the battle of New Market and fighting in
                           the intermediate lines when Richmond was evacuated in
                           1865.
       1866 - 1867       : Employed as a professor at the Kentucky Military
                           Institute.
       1867              : Family moved to Bastrop Texas.
       1868 - Nov    1879: President of the Texas Military Institute at Bastrop
                           Texas. He was superintendant, business manager and
                           professor of philosophy and mathematics; his brothers
                           Charles and Fleming Wills JAMES also worked at the
                           institute. Needing more space the Institute moved to
                           Austin in 1870 and continued until 1879 when JAMES
                           and the entire faculty were employed by the A&M
                           College of Texas.
Nov 22 1879 - Apr  1 1883: Elected president of the A&M College of Texas. He
                           held office until he resigned in 1883 to join his
                           brother, Fleming JAMES, in a bank they had organized
                           at Colorado, Texas.
Feb  6 1883              : Married Clara White (BRIGHAM) TROWBRIDGE of Detroit.
                           She had two daughters by her first husband.
       1884              : President of the Panhandle National Bank in Wichita
                           Falls, Texas which he organized.
                         : Returned to live in Austin, Texas.
       1900 - 1929       : Lived in Roff, Oklahoma where he became involved in
                           mortgages and real estate.
       1929              : Returned to Dallas, Texas for medical attention and
                           after an extensive illness died.
Feb 11 1930              : Died in Dallas, Texas
Feb 13 1930              : Buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.






3  James Reid COLE



Acting President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
April 1, 1883 - June 26, 1883

3rd President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
June 26, 1883 - July 19, 1883

Nov 17 1839              : Born in Stokes County, North Carolina.
       1857 - 1861       : Entered and graduated with honors from Trinty 
                           College in Durham, North Carolina.
       1866              : Came to Texas to serve as the chair of ancient
                           languages of McKenzie College at Clarksville, Texas.
                         : Elected to the Twelfth Texas Legislature as a
                           Democrat in the midst of Republican reconstruction.
Nov    1879              : After being urged to come to the A.& M. College after
                           the Gathright faculty was dismissed he accepted the
                           position of chair of English Language, Literature,
                           and History.
Apr  1 1883              : Appointed acting President of the College following
                           President James resignation.
Jun 26 1883              : The A.& M. Colleg Board met and by a vote of 4 to 1
                           named Cole as "permanent president." 
Jul 19 1883              : The A.& M. Board abolished the office of the
                           president and substituted the position of chairman
                           of the faculty.
       1885              : He left A.& M. to become superintendent of the public
                           schools in Abilene, Texas.    
Oct 28 1917              : Died and buried in Dallas, Texas.						






4  Hardaway Hunt DINWIDDIE



Chairman of the Faculty
July 23, 1883 - December 11, 1887

Oct 25 1841              : Born at Lynchburg, Virginia.
       1862              : Entered Virginia Military Academy and
                           participated in the battle of New market during the
                           Civil War.
       1867              : Graduated from V.M.I. Valedictorian and Adjutant.
       1868              : He came to Bastrop, Texas to help his friend John
                           Garland James establish the Texas Military Institute
                           and to serve on the faculty as professor of physics
                           and chemistry.
Nov    1879              : Came to the A.& M. College of Texas as professor of
                           physics and chemistry.
Jul 23 1883 - Dec 11 1887: Elected Chairman of the Faculty, a position which
                           he filled until his death.
Dec 11 1887              : Died in College Station, Texas.
                           Buried in Austin, Texas.






5  Louis Lowry MCINNIS, A.M.



Chairman of the Faculty
January 24, 1888 - July 1, 1890

Mar 24 1855              : Born in Jackson, Mississippi.
       1871 - 1875       : Entered the University of Mississippi & graduated in
                           1875 at age twenty both both a Batchelor of Science
                           and a Batchelor of Arts, ranking third in his class.
Jun    1876              : Graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Arts
                           degree from the University of Mississippi
Nov  9 1877              : He accepted a position as adjunct professor at the
                           Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas to teach
                           language and mathematics.
       1880              : Promoted to serve as the Chairman of mathematics.
       1882              : Elected Secretary to the Board of Directors.
       1883              : Made Treasurer of the A.& M. College.
Jan 21 1888 - Jul  1 1890: Selected chairman of the faculty by the Board of
                           Directors after Dinwiddie's death.
       1890              : Accepted a position with the First National Bank of
                           Bryan. 
Jan 14 1933              : Died and Buried in Bryan, Texas.






6  William Stuart Lorraine BRINGHURST, Ph.D.

Acting President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
July 1, 1890 - January 20, 1891

Aug 27 1844              : Born at Alexandria Louisiana, son of Augustus L. and
                           Maria Louise (Waters) Bringhurst.
       1860              : Entered the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and
                           Military Academy.
Sep 22 1862              : Enlists at Alexandria as a private in Co. I of the
                           Consolidated Crescent Regiment of Louisiana Infantry.
       1863              : Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant of Ordinance and
                           transferred to Fort De Russy, Louisiana.
Mar 14 1864              : Fort De Russy falls to Federal Troops and Bringhurst
                           is captured and sent to Federal prison at New
                           Orleans.
Jan  4 1865              : He was paroled from prison.
Aug 11 1869              : Awarded Doctor of Philosophy at the University of
                           Tuebingen, Germany.
            - 1879       : Served as a member of the faculty of the Texas
                           Military Institute at Bastrop, Texas.
Feb 28 1877              : Married Antoinette "Nettie" Power Houston, daughter
                           of Sam Houston at the Governor's Mansion in Austin,
                           Texas.
Mar  3 1878              : First Child, Samuel Houston Bringhurst born.
May 24 1880              : Second child, Charles Raguet Bringhurst born. He
                           would die on July 3, 1882 at age 2.
       1882 - 1885       : Appointed Professor of Physics at the Agricultural &
                           Mechanical College of Texas.
Aug 23 1883              : Son, William Stuart Bringhurst born but would die a
                           year later on October 10, 1884. He was buried in the
                           Bryan City cemetery.
       1885 - 1893       : Appointed Professor of History and English at the A&M
                           College of Texas.
Nov  6 1887              : Daughter, Nettie Houston Bringhurst born.
       1888              : Appointed Vice Chairman of the faculty at the A&M
                           College of Texas.
Jan 28 1890              : Daughter, Anna Katherine Bringhurst born but would
                           die at age 5 on August 6 1895. Also buried in the
                           Bryan City cemetery.
Jul  1 1890              : Appointed as vice president of the A&M College of
                           Texas. Texas Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross was
                           appointed president of the A&M College on July 1,
                           1890
                           but would not take office until Feb 1, 1891.
                           Bringhurst is named acting president until Ross takes
                           office on January 20, 1891.
       1893              : Moves his family to Bryan, Texas and purchases a
                           house on East 29th Street. He began teaching school
                           at Bryan High School.
       1894              : Family moves to Rusk, Texas where he briefly serves
                           as a teacher at the Rusk County Teachers Institute.
Aug    1894 - 1901       : Named president of the Henderson Normal College at
                           Henderson, Texas. He would serve until the school
                           closes in 1901.
Oct 11 1895              : Son, Samuel died and is buried in Henderson, Texas.
       1901              : Family moves to San Antonio, Texas.
       1913              : Appointed Superintendent of the State Orphan's Home
                           in Corsicana, Texas.
Feb 18 1913              : Died of pneumonia in Corsicana, Texas. Buried in
                           Bryan, Texas city cemetery.






7  Lawrence Sullivan ROSS



4th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
January 20, 1891 - January 3, 1898

Sep 27 1838              : Born at Bentonsport, Iowa Territory. Son of Catherine
                           (Fulkerson) and Shapley Prince Ross.
       1839              : Family moved to Milam County Texas.
                         : Family moved to Austin, Texas.
       1849              : Family moved to Waco, Texas.
                         : Enrolled in Baylor University at Independence, Texas.
                         : Joined the US Army to fight Indians.
       1859              : Received his A.B. degree from Wesleyan University in
                           Florence, Alabama.
       1860              : Joined the Texas Rangers initially as a first
                           lieutenant and later as captain of the Waco company.
Dec    1860              : Participated in the battle at the Pease River against
                           the Comanche Indians in which Cynthia Ann Parker was
                           recovered.
       1861              : He resigned from the Texas Rangers.
May 28 1861              : Married Elizabeth Dorothy Tinsley, daughter of a Waco
                           planter.
       1861              : Enlisted as a major in the Confederate Army in the
                           company from Waco organized by his brother Peter F.
                           Ross which was incorporated into the Sixth Texas
                           Cavalry.
       1864              : He was promoted to brigadier general and commanded
                           the Texas Cavalry Brigade (see ROSS'S BRIGADE,
                           C.S.A.), made up of his former regiment, the Third
                           Texas Cavalry, the Ninth Texas Cavalry, and the
                           Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry or First Texas Legion,
                           for the remainder of the war.
       1865 - 1873       : He spent the eight years of Reconstruction farming
                           near Waco with his wife and growing family.
                           Eventually nine children were born to the Rosses,
                           although only six lived to maturity.
       1873              : Elected sheriff of McLennan County.
       1876              : Served as a delegate to the state constitutional
                           convention and helped to write the 1876 state
                           constitution.
       1880              : Elected to the state Senate from the Twenty-second
                           District in the election of 1880.
       1886 - 1891       : Elected Governor of Texas.
Jul  1 1890 - Jan  3 1898: Elected President of the Agricultural & Mechanical
                           College of Texas on July 1, 1890, "to take effect at
                           the end of his present term as governor."
Jan  3 1898              : Died suddenly at his home in College Station, Texas.
                         : Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas.





8  Roger Haddock WHITLOCK, M.E.



Acting President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
January 17, 1898 - July 1, 1898

Acting President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
December 10, 1901 - July 1, 1902

Jul 15 1860 -            : Born in Brooklyn New York.
       1878 - 1882       : Attended and graduated from the Stevens Institute of
                           Technology in New York.
       1882              : Worked for the Jersey City Manufacturing Company.
       1882              : Worked at the Brooks Locomotive Works at Dunkirk, 
                           New York. 
       1883 - 1906       : Appointed professor of mechanical engineering at the 
                           Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas. Resigned
                           in 1906.
Jan 17 1898 - Jul  1 1898: Served as acting president of the A&M College 
                           following the death of President Ross.
Dec 10 1901 - Jul  1 1902: Served as acting president of the A&M College 
                           following the death of President Foster.
	   





9  Lafayette Lumpkin FOSTER



5th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
July 1, 1898 - December 2, 1901

Nov 27 1851              : Born in Cummings, Georgia.
       1869              : He moved to Texas and lived successively in the
                           Limestone County communities of Horn Hill &
                           Springfield.
       1873              : He moved to Groesbeck, Texas.
Jan  2 1875              : Married Laura Pender and they would have five sons
                           And two daughters.
       1876              : Began the publication of a newspaper in Groesbeck,
                           the "Limestone New Era".
       1880              : Elected to serve as a representative in the
                           Seventeeth Texas legislature.
       1885              : During the Nineteeth Legislature he was Speaker of
                           the House, the youngest man to hold that position at
                           that time.
                         : Gov. Ross appointed him commissioner of insurance,
                           statistics, and history, and later agriculture.
May  4 1891              : Attorney General James Hogg appoints him to the first
                           Railroad Commission.
Jun  7 1898              : Elected president of the Agricultural & Mechanical
                           College of Texas on June 7, 1898, and by agreement
                           with the Board of Directors set the effective date as
                           July 1, 1898.
Dec  2 1901              : Died of pneumonia in Dallas, Texas; buried in College
                           Station, Texas in the A&M College Cemetery, a small
                           burial plot which was originally on the site where
                           Duncan Hall is now located. His remains and those of
                           several others were moved in late 1938 or early 1939
                           to their present location on University property west
                           of the Southern Pacific tracks.






10 David Franklin HOUSTON, M.A., LL.D.



6th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
July 1, 1902 - September 1, 1905

Feb 17 1866              : Born in Monroe County South Carolina. Son of William
                           Henry and Cornelia Anne (Stevens) Houston.
       1872              : The family moved to Darlington, South Carolina, where
                           his father made a meek living farming and dealing in
                           horses and mules.
                         : He attended St. John's Academy in Darlington South
                           Carolina where he studied Latin, Greek, &
                           Mathematics.
       1883              : Studies at St. John's interrupted due to a lack of
                           money. He taught school at a country school to
                           support himself. He would later return to St. John's
                           while working at a drug store.
       1885 - 1887       : He entered South Carolina College and Graduated with
                           honors, fourth in his class.
       1891 - 1892       : He entered Harvard, where he recieved his master's
                           degree.
       1894              : He accepted a position as adjunct professor in the
                           newly organized department of political science at
                           the University of Texas.
       1899              : At age 33 he became dean of the faculty at the
                           University of Texas.
       1900              : President McKinley appointed him to the Board of
                           Visitors of the United States Military Academy at
                           West Point.
Apr 7  1902 - Aug 24 1905: Elected president of the Agricultural & Mechanical
                           College of Texas, but by agreement effective July 1,
                           1902. He resigned August 24, 1905, effective
                           September 1, 1905 to accept the presidency at the
                           University of Texas.
       1905              : He returned to the University of Texas as President.
       1908              : Selected as chancellor of Washington University in
                           St. Louis, Missouri.
       1913 - 1921       : President Woodrow Wilson picked him to be secretary
                           of agriculture. Served as secretary of treasury
                           during the last year of Wilson's term.
Jun    1930              : Elected president of the Mutual Life Insurance
                           Company of New York.
Sep  2 1940              : Died of a heart attack at Columbia Presbyterian
                           Medical Center in New York City. After an Episcopal
                           funeral service, a private burial service was held at
                           Memorial Cemetery in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island,
                           New York.






11 Henry Hill HARRINGTON



7th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
September 8, 1905 - August 7, 1908

Dec 15 1859 -            : Born at Buena Vista, Mississippi.
       1879              : He entered the University of Mississippi.
	   1880 - 1883       : Enrolled at the A.& M. College of Mississippi from
                           which he graduated in 1883.
                         : Studied at Yale and Sheffield Scientific School.
                         : Entered the Michigan Agricultural College.
                         : Attended the Rensselaer Institute at Troy, NY.
                         : Appointed assistant Professor of Chemistry and 
                           Physics at the A.& M. College of Mississippi.
Jan    1888              : Accepted a Professorship in the A.& M. College of 
                           Texas, as Professor of Chemistry & Physics.
Jun    1888              : Appointed to the chair of Chemistry & Minerology at 
                           the A.& M. College of Texas.
Sep  8 1905 - Aug  7 1908: Elected President of the Agricultural & Mechanical 
                           College of Texas. Resigned August 7, 1908.						   
Aug 16 1939              : Died in Kilgore, Texas, buried at Bay City, Texas.						   






12 Robert Teague MILNER

8th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
September 1, 1908 - October 1, 1913

Jun 21 1851              : Born in Cherokee County, AL, the son of Arnold and
                           Mary Milner.
                         : Attended the Pine Hill School and Henderson Male and
                           Female College.
       1881              : Purchased the Henderson Times Newspaper, which he
                           edited fo almost twenty-five years.
Oct    1883              : Married Mary L. Hawkins. They had five children.
       1887 - 1892       : Served in the Texas Legislature.
       1907              : Appointed State Commissioner of agriculture,
                           insurance, statistics, and history.
       1907              : A separate Dept of Agriculture is created and Milner
                           is the first commissioner. He would resign in 1908 to
                           become the A&M president.
Sep  1 1908 - Oct  1 1913: Served as President of the Agricultural & Mechanical
                           College of Texas.
Jun    1913              : Resigned as president of the A&M College and returned
                           to private life in Henderson, Texas.
Jul 30 1923              : Died and buried in Henderson, Texas






13 Charles PURYEAR, M.A., LL.D.



Acting President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
September 1, 1913 - August 24, 1914

Oct 21 1860              : Born on the campus of Randolph-Macon College near
                           Boydton, Virginia, son of Bennet Puryear.
       1881              : Received a Master of Arts from the University of
                           Richmond.
       1888              : Accepted an appointment as an instructor in
                           mathematics at the University of Michigan.
       1889              : Appointed associate professor of civil engineering
                           and physics at the Agricultural & Mechanical College
                           of Texas.
       1890 - 1930       : Became professor of mathematics at the A&M College.
       1907 - 1930       : Appointed Dean of the College. Would serve until a
                           stroke forced his retirement in 1930.
Aug 18 1913              : Appointed president pro tem of the A&M College.
Sep  1 1913 - Aug 24 1914: Served as acting President of the A&M College when
                           President Milner resigned.
Jun  2 1925 - Sep  3 1925: Served as acting President of the A&M College during
                           the interim between the resignation of Dr. Bizzell on
                           June 2, 1925,and the election of Dr. T.O. Walton on
                           September 3, 1925.
Jul 11 1940              : Died in Bryan, Texas
                         : Buried in Bryan, Texas






14 William Bennett BIZZELL, Ph.D.

9th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
August 25, 1914 - September 1, 1925

Oct 14 1876              : Born in Independence, Texas, son of George McDuffie
                           and Sara Elizabeth (Wade) Bizzell
       1898              : Received his B.S. degree from Baylor University.
       1899              : Principal of Montgomery Texas High School.
       1900              : Received his Ph.B. degree from Baylor University.
Aug 16 1900              : He married Carrie Wray Sangster of Navasota
       1900 - 1910       : Served as principal of Navasota High School and then
                           superintendent of schools in Navasota, Texas.
       1910 - 1914       : Served as president of the College of Industrial Arts
                           (now Texas Woman's University) at Denton.
       1911              : Recieved his LL.M. degree from the Illinois College
                           of Law.
       1912              : Recieved his D.C.L. degree from the Illinois College
                           of Law.
Aug 25 1914 - Sep  1 1925: Served as President of The Agricultural & Mechanical
                           College of Texas; resigned June 1, 1925, effective
                           September 1, 1925, to accept the presidency of the
                           University of Oklahoma.
       1921              : Received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Jun  3 1925 - 1941       : Served as President of the University of Oklahoma.
       1941              : Became president emeritus and head of the department
                           of sociology at the University of Oklahoma.
May 13 1944              : Died in Norman, Oklahoma
                         : Buried in Norman, Oklahoma






15 Thomas Otto WALTON



10th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
September 3, 1925 - August 7, 1943

Mar  8 1883              : Born in Gary, Texas.
                         : Graduated from Carthage High School.
                         : Attended Sam Houston Normal College.
                         : Attended North Texas State Teachers College.
       1902 - 1908       : Taught school for six years in Panola County.
       1908              : Joined the Texas Agricultural Extension Service as
                           County Agent for Polk County.
       1916 - 1925       : Served as Director of the Texas Agricultural
                           Extension Service.
Sep  3 1925 - Aug  7 1943: Elected president of The Agricultural & Mechanical
                           College of Texas; resigned August 7, 1943 on the
                           advice od his doctor.
       1926              : Awarded an honorary LL.D. by Baylor University.
                         : He was active in his retirement. He served on the War
                           Labor Board and then as College Station Postmaster.
Feb 18 1961              : Died in Bryan, Texas
                         : Buried at Bryan, Texas






16 Frank Cleveland BOLTON, M.S. LL.D.



Acting President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
August 9, 1943 - May 27, 1944

11th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
September 1, 1948 - June 3, 1950

Born: Pontotoc, Mississippi; March 24, 1883
Died: Houston, Texas; January 31, 1961; buried at College Station
Appointed professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M in 1909; was vice-
president and dean of the College when appointed acting president on August 9,
1943; served until May 27, 1944. Elected president on July 9, 1948, effective
September 1, 1948; served until June 3, 1950.






17 Gibb GILCHRIST, C.E.



12th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
May 27, 1944 - September 1, 1948

Chancellor of A&M College System September 1, 1948 - August 31, 1953

Dec 23 1887              : Born in Wills Point, Texas.
       1905 - 1906       : Attended Southwestern University in Georgetown
       1909              : Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with
                           a B.S. degree in civil engineering.
       1910 - 1917       : Employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a construction
                           engineer.
       1919              : Began working for the Texas Highway department.
Mar    1920              : Married Vesta Weaver. They had one son.
       1924 - 1925       : Became State Highway Engineer. After less than a year
                           in this position, he resigned due to political
                           differences with Governor Ferguson.
       1925 - 1927       : Employed as a consulting engineer to private
                           business.
       1927 - Sep 30 1937: After the election of Governor Dan Moody, Mr.
                           Gilchrist returned to Austin as the State Highway
                           Engineer. He remained in that position until
                           September 30, 1937.
       1937              : Appointed dean of the School of Engineering at The
                           Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas.
May 27 1944 - Sep  1 1948: Elected president of the Agricultural and Mechanical
                           College of Texas.
Sep  1 1948 - Aug 31 1953: Became the first chancellor of the Texas A&M College
                           System, serving until his retirement on August 31,
                           1953.
       1951              : He was installed as grand master of Texas Masons.
May 12 1972              : Died in College Station, Texas.
                         : Buried in College Station, Texas.






18 Marion Thomas HARRINGTON, Ph.D.



13th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
June 3, 1950 - September 1, 1953

Chancellor of A&M College System September 1, 1953-August 31, 1965

15th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
September 1, 1957 - July 1, 1959

Born: Plano, Texas; September 8, 1901
Dean of the College when elected president of the Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Texas on September 22, 1949, effective "at the end of the present
school year." This was interpreted to be June 3, 1950, and on that date he
officially took over the reins of the presidency. He served until September 1,
1953; when he became the second chancellor of the System, succeeding Mr.
Gilchrist. Dr. Harrington was elected president a second time on August 23,
1957, and in addition to his duties as chancellor served as president from
September 1, 1957, until July 1, 1959. He retired as chancellor on August 31,
1965. He was the first graduate of Texas A&M University to serve as president
and also as chancellor.






19 David Hitchens MORGAN, Ph.D.

14th President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
September 1, 1953 - December 21, 1956

Born: Portsmouth, Virginia; January 2, 1909
Died: St. Petersburg, FL; April 21, 1974
Dean of the College when elected president of the Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Texas on June 17, 1953, effective September 1, 1953; resigned
December 21, 1956.






20 David Willard WILLIAMS, M.S.



Acting President of the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
December 22, 1956-September 1, 1957

Born: Venedocia, Ohio; August 20, 1892
Died: Bryan, TX; October 30, 1985; buried in Bryan
Vice President for agriculture when appointed acting President on December 22,
1956; served until September 1, 1957.






21 James Earl RUDDER, LL.D.



16th President of Texas A&M University, July 1, 1959 - March 23, 1970

President of the Texas A&M University system September 1, 1965 - March 23, 1970

May  6 1910              : Born in Eden, Texas the son of Dee Forest and Annie
                           (Powell) Rudder.
       1928 - 1929       : Attended John Tarleton Agricultural College.
       1930              : Entered the Agricultural & Mechanical College of
                           Texas.
       1932              : Graduated from The Agricultural & Mechanical College
                           of Texas with a degree in idustrial education.
       1933              : Worked as a football coach and teacher at Brady
                           School.
Jun 12 1937              : Married Margaret E. Williamson. They had 5 children.
       1941              : He was called into active duty and had a celebrated
                           military career during World War II.
Jun 30 1943              : As a lieutenant colonel, he became commander and
                           trainer of the Second Ranger Battalion, which had a
                           major role in the D-Day invasion.
Jun  6 1944              : Rudder's Rangers stormed the beach at Pointe du Hoc
                           and, under constant enemy fire, scaled 100-foot
                           cliffs to reach and destroy German gun batteries. The
                           perilous mission resulted in a higher than 50 percent
                           casualty rate in the battalion. Rudder himself was
                           wounded twice during the course of the fighting. In
                           spite of this, he and his men successfully helped
                           establish a beachhead for the Allied forces.
       1944              : He was assigned to command the 109th Infantry
                           Regiment, which saw key service in the Battle of the
                           Bulge. By the end of the war he was a full colonel.
                           Rudder was one of the most decorated soldiers of the
                           war, with honors that included the Distinguished
                           Service Cross, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, French
                           Legion of Honor with croix de guerre and palm, and
                           others.
       1946 - 1952       : Served as Mayor of Brady, Texas
       1953              : Served as vice-president of the Brady Aviation
                           Company.
       1954              : He was promoted to brigadier general of the United
                           States Army Reserves.
Jan  1 1955              : He assumed the office of land commissioner after the
                           abandonment of the position by James Bascom Giles. At
                           that time the Veterans Land Program was under
                           scrutiny for mismanagement and corruption. Rudder
                           undertook the task of reforming policies, expediting
                           land applications, and closely supervising proper
                           accounting procedures. He also oversaw the proper
                           leasing of state lands by employing more field
                           inspectors for oil and gas sites and adding a seismic
                           exploration staff. In addition, he improved working
                           conditions for his staff and instigated a program to
                           preserve the many deteriorating General Land Office
                           documents.
       1956 - Jan  1 1958: On the strength of his many reforms, Rudder won the
                           election for land commissioner
       1957              : He was promoted to major general of the United
                           States Army Reserves.
       1958              : He became vice-president of The Agricultural &
                           Mechanical College of Texas.
Jun 27 1959              : Elected President of the Agricultural & Mechanical
                           College of Texas effective July 1, 1959.
Sep  1 1965              : Dr. Harrington retired as chancellor of the Texas A&M
                           University System, the title of chancellor was
                           changed to president, and Mr. Rudder, in addition to
                           his duties as president of Texas A&M University,
                           became president of the Texas A&M University System.
       1967              : President Lyndon Johnsonqv presented Rudder the
                           Distinguished Service Medal, the highest peacetime
                           service award.
Mar 23 1970              : Died in Houston, Texas
                         : Buried in College Station, Texas






22 Alvin Roubal LUEDECKE, LL.D.

Acting President of Texas A&M University March 30, 1970 - November 1, 1970

Oct  1 1910              : Born in El Dorado, Texas.
       1932              : Graduated from the Agricultural & Mechanical College
                           of Texas with a bachelor of science degree, he was
                           commissioned a second lieutenant of Field Artillery
                           in the Reserve Corps.
June   1932              : Assigned to Reserve Officer's Training Corps duty at
                           Camp Bullis, Texas.
Feb    1933 - Feb    1934: Entered and later graduated from Advanced Flying
                           School at Randolph Field, Texas.
Feb    1934              : Served as a flying cadet at March & Hamilton fields,
                           California.
Feb    1935              : Joined the 11th Bombardment Squadron at Hamilton
                           Field California.
Feb    1936              : Assigned to the Seventh Bombardment Group at Hamilton
                           Field, California as group operations and
                           intelligence officer.
Oct    1938              : Transferred to the 25th Bombardment Squadron at
                           France Field, Canal Zone.
Jan    1940              : Named assistant military attaché for Air at San Jose,
                           Costa Rica.
Aug    1942              : Became executive air officer at the field office of
                           the Military Intelligence Services, Quarry Heights,
                           Canal Zone.
Feb    1943              : Made chief of the Latin American Branch, American
                           Intelligence Command, Miami Beach, Florida.
Mar    1943              : Appointed deputy commander of the 39th Bombardment
                           Group at Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz., later becoming
                           executive officer of the 16th Bombardment Operation
                           Training Wing, also at Davis-Monthan.
Aug    1943              : Designated assistant chief of Air Staff for
                           Operations, Plans, Training and Intelligence for the
                           Army Air Force in the India-Burma Sector of the
                           China-Burma-India Theater.
Nov    1944              : Made deputy chief of the Air Staff for the Army Air
                           Forces in the India-Burma-Theater.
July   1945              : Became assistant chief of Air Staff for Plans,
                           Operations, Training and Intelligence in the China
                           Theater.
Feb    1946              : Named senior Army Air Force member of the Joint War
                           Plans Committee in the Office of the Assistant Chief
                           of Air Staff for Plans, Army Air Force headquarters,
                           Washington, D.C.
Oct 10 1947              : Assigned to the Office of the Director of Plans and
                           Operations at Air Force headquarters, with duty as
                           the U.S. Air Force member of the Joint War Plans
                           Committee. Later that month the general was
                           transferred to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of
                           Staff to become a member of the Joint Strategic Plans
                           Group.
June   1949              : Appointed executive secretary of the Military Liaison
                           Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission of the
                           Central Control Group, Office of the Secretary of
                           Defense.
Feb    1951              : Assumed additional duty as deputy to the chief of the
                           Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. The following
                           month he was relieved of duties as executive
                           secretary and named deputy chief of the Armed Forces
                           Special Weapons Project.
June   1953              : Became chief of the Armed Forces Special Weapons
                           Project.
Apr  1 1957              : Assumed additional duty as commander, Headquarters
                           Joint Task Force 7, Washington, D.C. This task force
                           is responsible for planning and conducting the atomic
                           tests in the Pacific. Relieved of duty as chief of
                           the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project on June 10,
                           1957, he was assigned primary duty as commander of
                           Task Force 7.
                         : Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Texas
                           A&M University.
Mar 30 1970 - Nov  1 1970: Appointed acting president of Texas A&M University.
Aug  9 1998              : Died in San Antonio Texas and buried at Fort Sam
                           Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio Texas.






23 Jack Kenny WILLIAMS, Ph.D.

17th President of Texas A&M University, November 1, 1970 - July 31, 1977

Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System August 1, 1977 - January 24, 1979

Born: Galax, Virginia; April 5, 1920
Died: Houston, Texas; September 28, 1981; buried in Clemson, South Carolina, on
      the campus of Clemson University.

Vice-President for academic affairs, University of Tennessee System, when
elected President of Texas A&M University and president of the Texas A&M
University System on September 11, 1970, effective November 1, 1970; Elevated to
Chancellor of the System on May 24, 1977; Resigned as Chancellor on January 24,
1979 to return to teaching.







24 Jarvis E. MILLER, Ph.D.

18th President of Texas A&M University, August 1, 1977 - July 10, 1980

Born: Orange Grove, Texas; May 30, 1929

Director of Texas Agricultural Extension Service when elected president of Texas
A&M University; left office on July 10, 1980 when reassigned by the Board of
Regents to be Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the Texas A&M University
System.






25 Charles H. SAMPSON, Jr., Ph.D.

Acting President of Texas A&M University July 10, 1980 - August 31, 1981

Born: Portsmouth, Ohio; July 12, 1924

Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1964 until appointed acting
President on July 10, 1980, following the re-assignment of President Miller;
Served until September 1, 1981, when Frank E. Vandiver assumed the Presidency
and Sampson was appointed Vice President for planning.






26 Frank E. VANDIVER, Ph.D.

19th President of Texas A&M University, September 1, 1981 - August 31, 1988

Born: Austin, Texas

President of North Texas State University when offered the presidency of Texas
A&M University; Served as President from September 1, 1981, until September
1,1988, when he resigned to head the Mosher Defense Institute at Texas A&M
University.






27 William H. MOBELY, Ph.D.

20th President of Texas A&M University, September 1, 1988 - August 31, 1993

Chancellor of Texas A&M University System September 1, 1993 - June 12, 1994

Born: Akron, Ohio; November 15, 1941
Executive Deputy Chancellor of Texas A&M University System when assumed the
presidency of Texas A&M University on September 1, 1988;
Served as President until promoted to Chancellor of the Texas A&M University
System on September 1,1993;
Resigned the Chancellor's position on June 12, 1994, to return to teaching.






28 E. Dean GAGE. DVM



Acting President of Texas A&M University September 1, 1993 - June 1, 1994

                         : Born in San Saba, Texas
       1965              : Recieved B.S.degree in Veterinary Science from Texas
                           A&M University.
       1966              : Recieved Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from
                           Texas A&M University.
       1968              : Recieved M.S.degree in Neuro- physiology and
                           Neurosurgery from Auburn University.
       1969              : Joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas
                           A&M Univ. as an assistant professor of neurosurgery.
       1972              : Promoted to associate professor at Texas A&M.
       1974              : Became professor and department head for Urban
                           Practice and chairman of the Veterinary Medical
                           Teaching Hospital at the new College of Veterinary
                           Medicine at the University of Tennessee.
       1982              : Returned to Texas A&M to become Associate dean for
                           Academic and Clinical Programs.
       1989              : Became executive assistant and chief of staff to the
                           president of Texas A&M University. Later would become
                           senior vice-president and provost.
Sep  1 1993 - Jun  1 1994: Appointed Acting President of Texas A&M University
                           when President Mobley became Chancellor; after
                           withdrawing his name from the search for a permanent
                           president, he left the office on June 1, 1994, to
                           allow Ray Bowen to assume the presidency.
       1996              : Left the university to become president and chief
                           executive officer of a private leadership
                           organization.
Jan    2001 - present    : Returned to Texas A&M to become Assoc. Dean for
                           Professional Programs in the College of
                           Veterinary Medicine.






29 Ray BOWEN, Ph.D



21st President of Texas A&M University, July 1, 1994 - July 31, 2002

                         : Born
       1958              : Recieved B.S. in mechanical engineering from
                           Texas A&M University
       1959              : Received a M.S. from the California Institute of
                           Technology
       1961              : Recieved Ph.D in mechanical engineering from
                           Texas A&M University
       1961              : Served three years of active military duty and served
                           on the faculty of the Air Force Institute of
                           Technology at Dayton, Ohio.
       1964              : Served as a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins
                           University.
       1965              : Joined the mechanical engineering faculty at
                           Louisiana State University.
       1967              : Accepted an appointment in the Mechanical Engineering
                           and Mathematical Sciences Department at Rice
                           University, where he served for 16 years including
                           five years as department chair.
Sep  1 1983 - Jul  1 1989: Dean of the Coll of Engineering, Univ. of Kentucky.
       1991              : Named Provost and Academic Vice-President at Oklahoma
                           State University.
       1993              : Named interim president of Oklahoma State University.
July 1 1994 - Jul 31 2002: President of Texas A&M University.






30 Robert M. GATES, Ph.D



22nd President of Texas A&M University, August 1, 2002 - December 18, 2006

Sep 25 1943              : Born in Wichita, Kansas.
       1958              : Received the Boy Scout's Eagle Scout Award.
       1961              : Entered William and Mary where he would study to become a doctor. As a freshman 
                           he worked as a shool bus driver shuttling elementary and high school students.
       1962              : During his sophomore year he changed his major to history with intentions to teach.
       1965              : BA degree from the College of William and Mary.
       1966              : Earned a Master's degree from Indiana University where he studied East European
                           and Russian History.
       1966              : Joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). First duty was doing biographical
                           analysis of Soviet military officers.  After a few months, he entered the 
                           Air Force and officer training school. Under an agreement with the CIA, he 
                           would serve on active duty for a couple of years before returning to the agency.
                           A second lieutenant he became one of two intelligence officers assigned to 
                           the 351st Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
       1967              : Married wife Becky.
Aug    1968              : Rejoined the CIA and assigned to analyze Soviet activities and policies in 
                           Africa and the Middle East.
       1974              : Ph.D in Russian history from Georgetown University. Dissertation on how the 
                           work of Soviet experts could be used to predict the country’s policies on China.
       1974 - 1980       : Joined the National Security Council officed at the White House and assigned
                           to the Soviet desk.
       1980 - 1982       : Returned to the CIA becoming executive assistant to Agency Director Stansfield
                           Turner. Later would be Chief of Staff to Agency Director William Casey under 
                           President Reagan.
       1982 - 1986       : Promoted to Deputy Director for Intelligence at the CIA.
Apr 18 1986 - Mar 20 1989: Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Agency.
Dec 18 1986 - May 26 1987: CIA director William Casey, already under scruiny for his role in the 
                           Iran-Contra scandal, resigned citing illness, and Gates was nominated by 
                           President Reagan to fill the vacancy and appointed acting Director of the CIA.
                           Gates investigated on suspicion that he had knowledge of the Iran-contra 
                           dealings. He denied involvement but withdrew his nomination after learning it 
                           could be the better part of a year before he was confirmed. He would remain
                           deputy director.
                           More than six years later, Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh would issue a 
                           final report on his Iran-Contra investigations. Gates, Walsh concluded, tried 
                           to shield the CIA from criticism and divert blame after the scandal broke but 
                           shouldn’t be indicted in connection with the arms deals, support to the 
                           contras, or the cover-up.
Jan 20 1989 - Nov  6 1991: Appointed Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House under President 
                           George H.W. Bush.
Nov  6 1991 - Jan 20 1993: Nominated and Confirmed Director of Central Intelligence Agency under President
                           George H.W. Bush.  Bush loses the presidency to Bill Clinton. Gates decided he
                           would step down with the outgoing administration. Bush advised him to stay, 
                           but Gates said he wanted to leave with his friends.
       1993              : Gates relocates his family to the Northwest near Seattle. He served as a 
                           consultant or board member for nearly a dozen companies and 
                           non profit organizations.
       1996              : Published a memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five 
                           Presidents and How They Won the Cold War.
       1999 - 2001       : Served as Interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government
                           and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Jun  6 2002              : Appointed President of Texas A&M University.
Aug  1 2002              : Becomes President of Texas A&M University.
Nov  8 2006              : Nominated by President George W. Bush as Secretary of Defense.
Dec  5 2006              : The Senate Armed Services Committee confirms his nomination and sends it to the 
                           full Senate for final confirmation.
Dec  6 2006              : Confirmed as Secretary of Defense by the Senate 95-2.
Dec  7 2006              : Gates releases a farewell message to the Texas A&M community.
Dec 15-16, 2006          : Presided over commencement ceremonies at Texas A&M for the last time.
Dec 18 2006              : Resigned as President of Texas A&M University.
Dec 18 2006              : Sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of Defense of the United States.
Feb  2 2007              : Honored with the title of "President Emeritus" by the Texas A&M Board of Regents.




31 Ed Davis, Ph.D



Interim President of Texas A&M University, December 19, 2006 - 

       1966              : Served as cadet colonel of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets during his senior year. 
       1967              : Graduated from Texas A&M University in 1967 with a B.S. in agricultural journalism.
                         : Attended Harvard University’s graduate school of business administration.
       1973              : Returned to Texas A&M to earn a master’s degree in educational administration.
       1980              : Earned a Ph.D in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.
       1993              : Becomes president of the Texas A&M Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated 
	                       to raising private gifts, particularly endowments, benefiting Texas A&M University.
Dec 18 2006              : Named interim president of Texas A&M University during a special telephonic meeting
                           of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
Dec 19 2006              : Becomes Interim President of Texas A&M University.




Jan  5 2007              : A 15-member search advisory committee appointed by Dr. Michael D. McKinney, 
                           chancellor of The Texas A&M University System to assist in identifying candidates 
						   for the position of president of Texas A&M University.
						   The committee will forward its recommendations to McKinney, who will make his 
						   recommendations to the Board of Regents. The search process expected take six to nine months.
						   
						   Dr. Doug Slack, speaker of the university's faculty senate, 
						   will serve as chairman of the committee. 
						   Other members are:
                           Dr. Colleen Cook, convener of the Council of Deans
                           Mr. Jerry Cox, chairman of the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees
                           Mr. Bill Flores, president of The Association of Former Students Board of Directors
                           Mr. Lupe Fraga, member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents
                           Mr. Royce Hickman, president/CEO of the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce
                           Ms. Shari Hilding-Kronforst, graduate student body president
                           Dr. John McDermott, member of the Distinguished Professors Executive Committee
                           Dr. Rosana Moreira, member of the Council of Principal Investigators
                           Mr. Erle Nye, member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents
                           Ms. Flora Reeves, president of the Association of Professional Support Staff
                           Dr. Leo Sayavedra (ex-officio), vice chancellor for academic and student affairs 
						   for the Texas A&M University System
                           Dr. Christine Stanley, executive associate dean, College of Education and Human Development
                           Mr. Nic Taunton, student body president
                           Dr. Gwendolyn Webb-Johnson, member of the Faculty Senate 




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