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BATTALION NEWS ROOM Memorial StudentCenter 1 1 1 1T A M U College Station,Texas 77843.-IIII ATTN: RachaelGoynes News Editor

I am sendingyou this information as a personconcemedabout what is happeningto Texas A&M. It seemsthat the only way that we are going to be able to stop what is happeningthere is to inform the public or the Aggies that don't know. Attached, pleasefind a list of documentsthat are the result of a public recordsrequest concerningthe hiring of the new Vice-Presidentof StudentAffairs at Texas A&M last summer. Pleasenote the numerousattemptsby many concernedhigh ranking studentsof organizationsand former studentsthat requesteda processby the Texas A&M Board of Regentsthat apparentlyfell on deaf earsbecauseof the Governor's close relationship with the Vice-Presidentof StudentAffairs candidate. Pleasenote that Joe Weberwas offeredthejob and acceptedit on July l't, 2008. PresidentMurano lied to the studentsand various former studentsconcerningthe hiring and tried to appearto be requestingtheir input after the July l" hiring per her Student Affairs updateletter of July 25'n. "an Aggie never lies, cheats,or How is it that Texas A&M has an honor code that states stealsor tolerate those who do" and has a Presidentthat doesn't adhereto that code? I know that this info will hurt TexasA&M in the short-term,but hopefully will help it in the long haul Pleaseus this information as you seefit.


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3 -----Original MessageFrom: Dr. El-sa Murano [mailto:presidentGtamu.edu] Sent: Friday, JuIy 25, 2008 5:19 pM To: undisclosed-recipients Subject: Student Affairs Update July

25, 2008

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EIsa A. Murano Affairs

Update

I want to take this opportuni.ty to provide all of you with a brief update regarding organj-zational changes within the Division of Student Affairs, which began on July l-st. Over the past three weeks, r have received many eletters mails, and phone ca1ls from students, former students and others from throughout the Aggie Family, suggesting potentialcandidates for the Vice President for Student Affairs positionr ds well as other enhancemenEs for the Division. Through this feedbackr ds well as some small focus groups f have hosted with students, the one common theme that has emerged is something r knew already, that the Vice President for Student Affairs position is extremely important to the Aggie Family. It must be filled by someone who understands our traditions and values, is approachable and accessible, innovative, nurturing:, has a passion for Aggieland, and is a willing and able mentor to all our students. This input has been inva1uab1e to me and supports many of the observations f had whj-le as a professor and dean and now as president. It is clear that commitment to our traditions and core values, dedication to students, collaboration and better integration of Student Affairs with the administration and academic community are of utmost importance. I 1^^'l r J e r .ri e^ - v- ^ e fL1r^r^ +d t t h e s e a r e a m o n g t h e p r i n c i p a l goals that a new Vice president for Student Affairs must Dursue. ,


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My initial goal was to have a new Vice President for Student Affairs on campus in advance of the fall semester if at all possibl-e, and I wil_t do my best to fulfill that goal. However, r will be taking additional time to work with our student leaders, enqage former students and j-nteract with the Division of Student Affairs staff before permanently filling this position. I am al-so using this opportunity to explore additional ways to enhlnce the undergraduate and graduate academic experience here at Texas A&M, as outli-ned in Vision 2020. To this end, I have decided to add Dr. Joe Townsend '6J to our already out.standing Student Affairs team as an Associate Vice president. As many of you know, Dr. Joe is a legend in Aggieland in championing ONE education at Texas A&M through the combination of academics and student activities. r have asked him to focus on enhancj-ng the advising and mentoring of students across campus, ds wel-l as developing additional opportunities for student success. Dr. Joe previously served as Associate Dean and Director of Student Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and has twice been honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award by The Association of Former Students for his outstandj-ng contrj-butj-ons to our bel-oved university. To know Dr. Joe is to love him, so I know you will join me in welcoming him to hj-s new rol-e, and in doing your part to help Student Affairs serve our students better than ever in this time of transition. Fi-nally' T would like to express my appreciation to Dr. Dave parrott, who will continue to serve as Acting Vice President for Student Affairs until a new vice presi-dent is appointed. Dr. Parrott has done a tremendous job in leadj-ng the Dj-vision over the past several weeks, and I have ful_I confidence that he, Dr. Joe and the rest of the Student Affairs team wilt continue to work hard on behal_f of our students. Thank you, and Gig 'Em! (signed) Dr. Elsa A. Murano President

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president@tamu.ed0 Thursday,August14,20099:28AM OfficeOf The President for StudentAffairs Mce President UpdateRegarding

August 1.4, 2ggg Dear Students, FacultY, and Staff: Over the past several weeks, I have been engagedin a process to evaluate Texas A&1"1 Universityrs position of Vice Pnesident for Student Affairs and to ultimately identify the right caniidate for this extremeJ.yinportant position on our campus.As you know, the oiiision of Student Affairs impacts every single Texas A&l'lstudent through a wlde range of health services, Rec functions such as student govennment,counseling, student activities, just a few. Student name to Center, Student Memorial tfre o+ operations the Sports and activities that ane nffains also works in conjunction with student leaders to facilitate centnal to the Aggie Spinit, such as Muster, Silver Taps, The Big Event, Fish Campand Parents' Weekend. Last month, with the assistance of the'Division of Student Affairs, I hosted a couple of focus g"oups with students to get their penspective on the qualities they would like to see in the next Vice Pnesident. Over and over again, these students expnessedthe desire fon someonewho would be approachableand down-to-earth, inclusive of all students, passionate about his or her job, able to communicateand innovate, and exhibit tremendouscare for students, whi]e serving as a staunch advocate and championfor thein best intenests- And foremost, the next Vice President must have an in-depth understanding and great appreciation for TexasA&M'svalues and traditions. Frankly, these commentswere not surprising to me, for they are qualities that f also value in the Vice pnesident for Student Affains. These are similar themes that I have heand fron various othen Broups of students and former students over the past eight months and in my previous role is a Vice Chancellon and Dean. rt is evident that Texas A&l'tneeds an effective administraton in this position who works acnoss the various divisions and academicunits on oun campus,and managesa diverse portfolio of student services in an efficient and fiscally nesponsiblemanner. Since my appointment as President in January, I have also been approachedby students, both curnent and fonmer, who ane concernedabout the slow decline in the practice of someof Texas I have observed this decline fon myself and A&l,l,smost valued and recognizable traditions. it also concennsme. of the faculty, In additioor fiy intenactions with manyof you, incl.uding Deans and membens "one education" at Texas A&Mron in other wonds, a have identified a desine for there to be And finallYr wâ&#x201A;Ź have a cLosen connection betweenacademicendeavorsand student activities. students and intennational qf gnaduate students, need for betten inclusion and integnation aneas these A&M. Strengthening Texas at life student of groups mainstream into the other the top one of as quest necognized be to our zaza of Vision tenets basic of the some form 10 public institutions of higher education in the country' After muchconsideration of this information as well as the evaluation of potential '72 to the Boandof Regents that Mr' Joseph F. Weber candidates, f have decided to recommend come serve as Texas A&Mrsnext Vice President for Student Affains. Support for Mn, l^leberhas from numerousfonmer students and friends of Texas 4844.Throughmy via necommendations pensonalintenactions with him in recent days,.I have experiencedfirsthand the passion and 4


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energy he wlll bning to Student Affains, and I truly believe he is the right person to senve in this capacity at this time in oun university's histony. Mr. Webenhas a distinguished caneenwith the U.5. Marine Corps, having senvedin vanious capacities, most recently as the head of the Marine Corps Forces Command.His backgroundand experience are a testament to his tremendousleadership skills, as weII as his abilities as an effectirve administnator in large, complexorganizations. You don't get to lead one of the thnee majon commands in the Marine Corps - responsible for 74,OOOpeople and an $80 million budget - if you don't know how to plan, implement, and achieve nesults. Joe is grea,tly admired by the divense population of Marines undenhis command.They see him as a perion of great chanacter and integnity, who is caring and passionate for doing what is right for those under his care. In addition, Joe is an Aggie thnough and through. He and , are absolutely dedicated to Texas A&l'1,and they have passed that love for the university Thnoughtheir re Webershave been actively involved in the Corps of Cadets, Musten, GneekLife and even Vision 202@. It is obvious that loe understands Texas A&M'straditions and values, and he is committedto presenving them fon futune generations of Aggies. He is also a Leader who has dedicated his life to the developmentand mentoring of young people. In a letten of suppont, oun own state Senator Steve ogden said that J'oe was a "talented leaden of impeccable chanacter" and offered his unqualified endonsementfor him to serve as Vice President for Student Affains. Joe's work expertence is replete with skills and taLents that are transferable to the successful leadlng of any organizati.on, and especially those dealing with young people. He believes in teamwonkand ln the leadership that comesfnom serving side by- s:.ae wittr othens. Given the outstanding group of professionals in oun Division of Student Aff,ains, I have no doubt he has a team that can help support him with direct expenience in this field that will complementhis own. In fact, Joe's backgroundin fiscal managenentand strategic plannlng should bning a new perspective to Student Affairs that can provide innovative approachesio enhancing the functions of the Division to the benefit of our students. Pending appnoval by the Board of Regentsthis Fniday, August 15thr I ask that you heJ.pme welcomeJoe to Texas A&Mnext week. They are already part of the Aggie Family, and r nave no doubt that loe will serve'our students with the samededication and passion that we expect from someonewho has a distinguished career in senving our country. Thankyou, and Gig 'Em! Dn. Elsa A. Munano President


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Spillers,Vickie Thursday, August14,200810:10AM Levens,Darlene FW: UpdateRegardingVice Presidentfor StudentAffairs

Please fax to Coach Vickie Spillers Executive Secretany to the Board The Texas A&I"1Univensity System P. O. Box C-1 College Station, TX 77aM-9O21 979.A45.960A 979.a4s.0835 (fax) - - - - - O n i g i n a l M e s s a g e ---- From: president@tamu.eduImailto:president@tamu:edu] Sent: Thursday, August L4, ?gg9 9:28 Alvl To: OFfice Of The Pnesident Subject: Update Reganding Vice President fon Student AfFains August L4, 2OOB Dean Students, Faculty, and Staff: Oven the past sevenal weeks, I have been engaged in a process to evaluate Texas A&M University's position of Vice President fon Student Aftairs and to ultimately identify the night candidate fon this extremely important position on ouF carnpus.As you know, the Division of Student Affains impacts every single Texas A&Mstudent through a wide nange of functions such as student govennment,counseling, student activities, health services, Rec Sports and the openations of the Menonial Student Center, to name just a few. Student activities that are Affairs also wonks in conjunction with student leaders to facilitate centnal to the Aggie Spirit, such as Musten, Silver Taps, The Big Event, Fish Campand Panents'Weekend. Last month, with the assistance of the Division of Student Affairs, I hosted a couple of focus gnoups with students to get thein penspective on the qualities they would like to see in the next Vice Pnesident. over and over again, these students expnessedthe desire for someonewho would be approachable and down-to-earth, inclusive of all students, passionate about his or hen job, able to communicateand innovate, and exhibit tnemendouscane fon students, while senving as a staunch advocate and championfor their best intenests. And fonemost, the next Vice President must have an in-depth undenstanding and gneat appneciation for Texas A&M's values and traditions. Fnankly, these commentswene not surprising to me, for they ane qualities that I also value These ane similan themes that I have heard fnom in the Vice President fon Student Affains. various othen groups of students and fonmer students over the past eight months and in my previous role as a Vice Chancellor and Dean. It is evident that Texas A&Mneeds an eiFective administraton in this position who works acnoss the various divisions and academicunits on and fiscally oun campus, and nanages a diverse pontfolio of student services in an efficient responsible manner.


? Since my appointment as President in January, I have also been approachedby students, both current and fornen, who are concennedabout the slow decline in the practice of someof re#s A&M's most valued and necognizable tnaditions. f have observedthis decline for myself and it also concennsme. In addition, fiY intenactions with many of you, including Deans and membensof the faculty, have identified a desine for ther e to be "one education" at Texas A&M, or in other words, a closer connection between academic endeavonsand student activities. And finallyr wâ&#x201A;Ź have a need fon betten inclusion and integration of graduate students, international students and othen gnoups into the mainstream of student life at Texas A&l{. Stnengthening these aneas fonm some of the basic tenets of Vision 2A2O- oun quest to be recognized as one of the top 10 public institutions of higher education in the country. After much consideration of this information as well as the evaluation of potential candidates, I have decided to necommend to the Boand of Regents that Mr. Joseph F- hleben,72 serve as Texas A&Mrs next Vice President for Student AFFains. Support fof Mr. Webenhas come via recommendationsfrom numerousfonmen students and fniends of Texas A&H. Through rny personal interactions with him in recent days, r have experiencedfinsthand the pission and energy he will bning to Student Affairs, and I tnuly believe he is the right person to serve in this capacity at this time in oun univensity,s history. Mr. Webenhas a distinguished caneen with the U.S.'Marine Corps, having senved in various capacities, most necently as the head of the Marine Corps Forces Command.His backgnoundand experience ane a testanent to his tremendousleadenship skiIls, as well as his abilities as an effective administrator in lange, complex organizations. You don't get to lead one of the thnee major commandsin the Marine Corps - responsible fon 74,Aoa people and an $80 million budget - if you don't know how to plan, implement, and achieve nesults. Joe is gneatly admined by the diverse population of Marines unden his command. They see him as a penion of gneat chanacten and integnity, who is caring and passionate fon doing what is right for those under his cane. In addition, Joe is an Aggie through and through. He and 'are absolutely dedicated to Texas A&M, and they have passed that love for the university Thnough Webenshave been actively involved in the Corps of Cadets, Muster, Gneek Life and even Vision 2A20. It is obvious that loe undenstandsTexas A&M's tnaditions and values, and he is committedto presenving them for future generations of Aggies. He is also a leader who has dedicated his life to the development and mentoring of young people. In a letter of suppont, our own state Senator Steve Ogden said that Joe was a "talented leaden of impeccable chanacten" and offered his unqualified endonsementfor him to senve as Vice President fon Student Affairs. Joe's work expenience is replete with skills and talents that are transfenable to the successful leading of any onganization, and especially those dealing with young people. He believes in teamwork and in the leadenship that comesfnom serving side by side witil others. Given the outstanding gnoup of pnofessionals in oun Division of Student Affairs, r have no doubt he has a team that can help suppont him with dinect expenience in this field that will complementhis own. In fact, Joe's backgnoundin fiscal management and strategic planning should bning a new penspective to Student Affairs that can pnovide innovative appnoachesto enhancing the functions of the Division to the benefit of oun students. Pending approval by the Boand of Regents this Fniday, August 15th, I ask that you help rne welcome Joe and to Texas A&Mnext week. They ane already pant of the Aggie Family, and I have no doubt that loe wiII senve our students with the samededication and passion that we expect from someonewho has a distinguished caneen in serving our country. Thank you, and Gig 'Em!


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Notice is herebygiven that ChairmanJoneshas called a specialtelephonicmeeting of the Board of Regentsto conveneon Fridav. Aueust 15. 2008.at 9:00 anL in the Board of Rege,nts Meeting Roonl Memorial StudentCenter,on the campusof TexasA&M University, CollegeStatiorl Texas. The following item will be considered: Item 1 - To considerandvote on the appointmentofthe Vice Presidentfor Student Affairs at Texas A&M University. The Board will recessto executivesessionaspermitted by the Texas GovenrmentCode. Section551.071(Consultationwith SystemAttorneysRegardingLegal Mattersor Pending and/orContemplatedLitigation or SettlementOffers), Section557.072(DeliberationsRegarding the Purchase,Exchange,Leasg or Value of RealProperty)and Section55I.A74(Deliberations RegardingPersonnelMatters Relating to Appointment, Employment, Evaluation"Reassignment, Duties, Discipline or Dismissalof an OffEceror Employeq orto Hear Complaintsor Charges Against an Officer or Employee). We will sendthe agendaitem as soonaspossible. cc:

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AgendaItem No' TEXAS A&M I]MVERSITY Office of the President August 12,2008 Members, Board of Regents The TexasA&M UniversitY SYstem subject

Appointment of vice Presidentfor studentAtrairs

I recommendadoption ofthe following minute order: (.Effective August lEr 2008, Mr. JosephX'.'Weberis hereby appointed Vice president for Student Affairs at TexasA&M UnivenW, at an initial salary of $250,000." Respectftrllysubmitted,

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