When the Southeastern Conference presidents and chancellors met earlier today to consider the admission of Texas A&M as the 13th member of the league the vote was unanimous as Texas A&M was approved as a member of the SEC.
Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida said in a released statement, "The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family. The addition of Texas A&M University as the SEC's 13th member gives our league a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions."
Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin was quoted in the same release, "The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve. We are excited to begin competition in the nation's premier athletic conference. This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically, and I believe the Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country."
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, "On behalf of our presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, students and fans, I welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family. Texas A&M is a nationally-prominent institution on and off the field and a great fit for the SEC tradition of excellence—athletically, academically and culturally."
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