A&M regents meet following Murano's resignation

Elsa Murano
Elsa Murano

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M today began sorting its troubled leadership following the abrupt resignation of embattled President Elsa Murano.

Murano resigned over the weekend -- just 17 months after being celebrated as a historic choice to lead the 48,000-student campus in College Station.

Regents did not comment or address Murano's resignation early today before recessing to an executive session. Murano wasn't in attendance.

Murano was the first Hispanic and first female president in the 132-year history of Texas A&M.

She departed less than two weeks after the release of a scathing internal performance review.

Gov. Rick Perry, an Aggie alum who appointed all nine A&M system regents, says it remains to be seen whether Murano's departure is good for the university. He expressed confidence in the regents and their decision-making.

Murano had no comment.

About 50 faculty members and students, some wearing black armbands, protested in support of Murano on A&M's mostly deserted campus before the regents convened.

One student carried a sign that had Texas A&M's famous "Gig 'Em" thumbs up image turned upside-down.