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forward by the Board of Regents as the sole
finalist for the A&M presidency on Feb. 3.
Since then, a rapid transition took him to
the table at which he sat Friday. He has had
to formulate a leadership trajectory while
indoctrinating himself in the unique Aggie
Luckily, he said, he’s had plenty of help.
“In some ways people have a remarkable
enthusiasm to tell me how to run the univer
sity,” he joked.
Still, he has undergone an education of the
university and its history, drawing on people
like Marky Hussey, dean of the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences who served as
interim A&M president. Hussey said he has
had regular contact with Young about the
student body, the Corps of Cadets, the core
values, the “little renovation project” that is
Kyle Field, ongoing searches to fill dean va
cancies and more.
Hussey’s advice for Young is simple: Lis
ten well and adapt to the Texas A&M en
vironment, something he said applies to all
leaders entering new roles and new locales.
“You may come in with a set of ideas, but
there’s nothing that’s cookie-cutter about it,”
Hussey said. “You just can’t pick up what
you did one place and replicate it somewhere
else. Each institution, each leadership oppor
tunity is really different. ”
Young’s first day concludes a week marked
by student outcry over the regents’ decision
to modify the university seal and rename the
MSC Flag Room. An online petition gar
nered more than 10,000 signatures and Stu
dent Senate unanimously passed a resolution
in opposition.
Young said the problem does not come
from “mistakes of the heart.”
“I’ve worked with a lot of higher edu
cation boards over the years,” Young said.
“And I’ll tell you something that I’ll hope
you credit, because I think it really is true: I
don’t think I’ve ever dealt with a board that
has the kind of love and passion for students
that this Board of Regents does.”
Texas A&M seal to each outfit for them
to raffle off. The watches raised more than
$27,000, said Randy Lunsford, Class of 1989
and sales manager with David Gardner’s.
To promote competitive spirit among the
units, Commander Dennis Hassman, Texas
A&M Corps of Cadets training officer, said
the top-10 outfits in raising money get to
choose a football game in the fall to be on
the sideline.
“A lot of outfits, some of them will pick a
game they know they get to travel to, like the
Arkansas game up in Dallas or out of state,”
Hassman said. “And then others say, ‘I want
Steve Fullhart, KBTX managing editor
and anchor and March to the Brazos emcee,
said the Corps displayed unity in its fundrais
“You guys do things together — that’s
part of the mission of this Corps, to develop
On Senior Day, No. 25 A&M softball
completed a home sweep of Ole Miss.
Story at TX.AG/BATT57.
Still, he said if, “we haven’t looked as care
fully about how we create some mechanisms
to ensure people really do have input and
these conversations that engage everybody
who has an interest and a stake in it,” then it
can be addressed.
A practice of seeking student opinion,
beginning with student leaders, has become
commonplace in his time in higher educa
tion, Young said. But it’s important to con
sider, he said, that the biggest impact he
can make on a student’s experience comes
through drawing the best faculty and keeping
tuition affordable.
He’ll have to negotiate student engage
ment from off-campus, though, as he won’t
live in the president’s residence.
“I would hope that from 10 o’clock or 11
o’clock at night to six in the morning you left
the president alone,” Young joked.
His wife vouched for his approachability.
“He is your friend. He really is,” Marti
Young said. “He may not get to see every
single person and shake every single hand,
but I’m married to him and I know why he
does what he does.”
All Texas A&M vice presidents submitted
letters of resignation prior to Young’s arrival,
another decision from Chancellor John Sharp
that drew attention in recent weeks. While
Young said he appreciates the gesture, it
wasn’t his idea. Within a year, he’s expected
to decide which letters, if any, to accept.
“I have no intentions, as I think my past
reflects, of coming in and doing a blood
letting,” Young said.
Though his term began Friday, Young
has been around College Station for a couple
weeks. On April 21, he attended his first Ag
gie Muster, a ceremony he said moved him
“Unless you’ve sat through it, you can talk
all day long about how the generations of
this university connect, how these traditions
transmit and what really binds Aggies togeth
er,” Young said. “But you sit in Muster and
you get it. It was incredibly powerful. And
when the Ross Volunteers walk in, the hair
on the back of your neck just stands up.”
leaders together to benefit others,” Fullhart
said. “That’s what has happened here.”
Alyssa Michalke, commander of the Corps
of Cadets for 2015-2016, said the event is
meant to be a bonding experience for cadets,
bringing them together on the tiring 18-mile
march and in serving the community.
“It’s been a great day, it’s nice and cool out
here, it’s a lot of good bull,” Michalke said.
“You get to interact with your juniors and
seniors and joke all the way, listen to music.
It’s a good bonding experience.”
The event also served as an informal trans
fer of ranks for cadets.
The money raised will go towards March
of Dimes initiatives, Fullhart said.
“So share your story in this time together,
in this time of fellowship and know your
money is going to go towards research that
is happening across the country, yes, but also
right here at Texas A&M that could one day
end this issue of premature birth,” Fullhart