R. Bowen Loftin

Bow Tie-Clad R. Bowen Loftin is the New Mizzou Chancellor

R. Bowen Loftin

R. Bowen Loftin (Source: Annkellett1)

The Mizzou News reports today that outgoing Texas A & M President R. Bowen Loftin is the new University of Missouri Chancellor.

Loftin, an Aggie as an undergrad who completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in Physics at Rice University, is joining Mizzou — which the university is commonly known as — after a successful tenure at A & M. While there, he oversaw a law school acquisition, attained high levels of annual research expenditures, increased enrollment and capital-campaign gifts, and — perhaps most importantly to Texans (sports) — a transition to the SEC.  He also taught Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Old Dominion University in Virginia before joining the Texas A & M System.  Further, he’s sought out for his expertise in modeling, simulation, and data visualization.   As an active social media participant, he is also popular with students.

Mizzou is so excited that it is also promoting the Official Mizzou Plaid Bow Tie (developed by students in its own Department of Textile and Apparel Management) in honor of his neckwear preference.  What a fun way to welcome a new leader…

Loftin is not the only bow tie-clad senior university administrator. Gordon Gee, former Ohio State University President, is a huge bow tie fan. This fetish got him into a little trouble. The Daily Dayton News reports that OSU spent $64,000 on bow ties and related items over a few years for Gee.  As awesome as bow ties are, that’s a bit excessive for a university president. Just sayin’.  Gee is now a Professor of Law at OSU’s Mortiz College of Law.

As the Chronicle of Higher Education notes, there are several university presidents who wear bow ties.

Today’s news about Loftin reinforces the fact that working as an academic is a profession for men who wear bow ties.