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President of Texas A&M College Station resigns under pressure

June 15, 2009

Elsa Murano, president of Texas A&M University is resigning -- after just 17 months on the job, and one day before A&M System regents were expected to discuss her leadership of the College Station campus.

Murano's resignation comes days after public release of a very critical performance review. System Chancellor Mike McKinney gave her low marks in several areas, including decision making, integrity and being a team player.

She's the first president who is female, a minority, and under 50 years old. She had been a vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and had taught at A&M since 1995.

When Murano was named president, some faculty members complained that they did not have enough say in the decision. An advisory group of faculty, students, and others had suggested three finalists, all sitting college presidents.

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Read more in the Dallas Morning News.