News from the Bush School

Cocanougher Appointed Bush School Interim Dean

January 05, 2009

Monday, January 05, 2009
Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice president for academics, has announced that Dr. A. Benton Cocanougher, dean emeritus of the Mays Business School, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, succeeding Richard (Dick) A. Chilcoat, who stepped down from his position at the end of last year. Cocanougher’s appointment is effective Jan. 1. Don Powell, former chair of The Texas A&M University Board of Regents, will chair the search to identify a permanent dean, Vitter added.

Cocanougher served as dean of the Mays Business School from 1987 to 2001 and most recently served as interim chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. He received his B.B.A. in finance, an M.B.A. in marketing, and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

In accepting the interim appointment, Cocanougher said, “My respect for former President and Mrs. Bush, and my appreciation of the importance of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service to Texas A&M University, prompted my decision to take on this interim role. I look forward to working with all constituencies of the School who have helped make possible the truly impressive progress of the past several years.”

In making the announcement, Vitter said “I want to thank Dick Chilcoat for the tremendous job he has done as dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. Under his leadership, the school has grown and is well positioned to achieve global distinction for its research in the areas of public policy, public and nonprofit management, national security affairs, and international transactions and development.”

He added that the university is very fortunate to have a man of Cocanougher’s character and experience to take over the reins from Chilcoat. “His administrative skills and knowledge of Texas A&M University make him a great choice for this interim position.”