This week’s meeting of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate included an update on the search for the university’s next permanent President. Provost Karan Watson responded to a query from a senator who was wondering what was going on, eight months after a search committee was appointed. Watson says the committee has started a second round of searching following some interviews. Three of the seven on the search committee are faculty members. Doctor Watson says she’s heard from a number of people who are concerned after hearing Board of Regents members suggest making Interim President Mark Hussey the permanent selection. The provost says Doctor Hussey has made it “abundantly clear” that he is only an interim.
Immigration reform is a topic Congressman Bill Flores says he’s hearing about in his district. But he calls it a toxic subject on Capitol Hill. Flores says that means the Republicans currently do not have enough votes to bring the issue up. Flores believes there’s enough support to break up immigration reform in several pieces.
And, for five years, Texas A&M students and volunteers have grown produce on west campus at the “Howdy Farm”. Spokeswoman Jessica Newman says today they will debut a farmers market in Northgate where they and other vendors will be selling locally produced goods. Homemade breads and house wares will also be for sale along with the produce. The farmers market will be held today from two until six behind Blackwater Draw on Boyett. Newman says it’s part of a $45,000 fundraising effort to expand and add features to their sustainable farm on west campus.