In breaking news from College Station, Texas, on Dec. 4, 2013, local CBS affiliate KBTX-TV reported a source that outgoing President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin is to become the Chancellor at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Ironically, just three days ago, the Mizzou Tigers handed the Texas Aggie football team their exit pass from any hopes of playing in the SEC Championship or a higher stakes bowl game. The Tigers took away the Aggie title hopes and the Aggie president, apparently, within 72 hours’ time.
The interesting feature at the University of Missouri system is that their chancellor oversees the university and, as KBTX reported, “the president oversees the university system.” This development makes sense as Dr. Loftin is definitely a president of the student body, and his accessibility to students and continuing faithful presence at all sporting events is unparalleled among most in institutions of higher education.
The offer and acceptance must have come a bit sooner than expected, because earlier on Wednesday afternoon, President Loftin tweeted:
Looking forward to seeing the #12thMan out tonight at Reed Arena for the game. Students ride Bus Route 01 to Reed for FREE! #BTHOHouston.
Although President Loftin didn’t make it out to Reed tonight, marking his first visible absence in who can recall how long, on Tuesday night, Aggie women’s basketball coach Gary Blair and his entire staff and team honored Dr. Loftin (see related story). In addition last night, 1500 bow ties were distributed and worn by the students, staff, and all Hullaballoo band members among the attendees, as Dr. Loftin received truly special accolades of meaningful appreciation for his service to the university.
Official word from the University of Missouri is expected to come in a press conference to announce their new chancellor, set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. That announcement will make two big wins that Mizzou garnered over the Aggies this week. Texas A&M's loss is the University of Missouri's gain. At least Dr. Loftin will still be in the SEC family.