R. Bowen Loftin

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R. Bowen Loftin
R. Bowen Loftin outside Mizzou Arena.jpg
R. Bowen Loftin
Born Richard Bowen Loftin
(1949-06-29) June 29, 1949 (age 66)
Hearne, Texas, United States
Residence Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater Texas A&M University
Rice University
Occupation academic administrator, professor, businessman
Salary $375,000 in 2010[1]
Title Chancellor of University of Missouri
President Emeritus of Texas A&M University
Website University of Missouri - Office of the Chancellor

Richard Bowen Loftin, better known as R. Bowen Loftin is a US academic and the outgoing chancellor of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He came to Missouri in 2013 after serving as the 24th President of Texas A&M University.[2]


Early life[edit]

Loftin was born in Hearne, Texas.[3] He graduated from Texas A&M University in three years with a degree in physics, with highest honors, in 1970. He earned a master’s degree (1973) and Ph.D. (1975) in physics from Rice University. He currently lives in the Residence on Francis Quadrangle.


Prior to being appointed interim president, he served as the vice president and CEO of Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he also held the position of professor of maritime systems engineering. In fall 2008, when Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Gulf Coast, Loftin oversaw evacuation of the multi-site campus and relocation of almost all of the 1,500 students, along with many of the faculty and staff, to the main Texas A&M campus in College Station, approximately 150 miles inland. This is believed to be the first time that an entire institution of higher education was transposed onto another for an extended period of time.[citation needed]

He previously served at Old Dominion University as professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of computer science, and also was responsible for graduate programs in modeling and simulation. He also served as executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center. Previously, he chaired the Department of Computer Science and was director of the NASA Virtual Environments Research Institute at the University of Houston.

Loftin is a consultant in modeling and simulation, advanced training technologies, and scientific/engineering data visualization. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and has served as principal investigator in grants and contracts totaling millions of dollars. He is has received awards[which?] for teaching and research excellence.

On November 9, 2015, during the 2015 University of Missouri protests Loftin announced that he would resign at the end of 2015 and take a research role at the University of Missouri.[4]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Elsa Murano
President of Texas A&M University
Succeeded by
Mark A. Hussey (interim)
Preceded by
Brady J. Deaton
Chancellor of the University of Missouri
Succeeded by