Bowen Loftin, the bowtie-wearing President of Texas A&M University for the past three years, today announced plans to step down in January, saying he misses teaching and will return to his position as a tenured professor engineering on the College Station campus, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  Loftin was named Interim President in 2009 after President Elsa Moreno resigned following a public spat with then Chancellor Mike McKinney.  He was named permanent President the following year.


  Loftin, along with new Chancellor John Sharp, have made major changes in the university in a short period of time.


  Loftin led Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference and took the first steps toward the massive expansion of Kyle Field.


  Loftin also began the process of turning Texas A&M into a global leader in vaccine production, luring several private companies to the College Sector area to provide input into the National Institutes of Health vaccine center on campus.


  Loftin says he will be an active member of the faculty and looks forward to 'staying on the front lines of the academy."