COLLEGE STATION (June 30, 2012) -- Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin announced today that veteran athletics administrator Eric Hyman will lead Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference as the university's new director of athletics. Hyman comes to Texas A&M after serving as athletics director at the University of South Carolina since July 2005.
"Eric is uniquely qualified to lead us at this important juncture in the history of Texas A&M," said Loftin. "Not only does he have significant personal and professional ties to both the state of Texas and the SEC, he understands our mission of building leaders of character academically and athletically who will excel in all phases of life.
"Eric has a proven track record in working with some of the leading coaches in the country, enhancing the academic experience for student-athletes, and developing and implementing comprehensive athletic facility master plans," Loftin continued. "Our move to the SEC enabled us to attract an outstanding pool of candidates, and Eric quickly demonstrated that he was the person to lead Texas A&M Athletics during this exciting time."
In athletic director positions at South Carolina, Texas Christian University, Miami (Ohio) University and Virginia Military Institute, Hyman built a reputation for recruiting top coaching talent and student-athletes, improving athletics facilities and developing financial resources in support of athletic programs.
Under Hyman's leadership, the South Carolina Athletics Department has made tremendous strides in becoming a nationally prominent program, with the goal of competing for championships in all sports, as exhibited by the school's first men's national championship with the baseball team's title in June 2010, which was repeated in June 2011.
"I have been extremely impressed with Texas A&M's commitment to competing at the highest levels, as well as the university's dedication to the academic development of student-athletes. I believe that my relationships and knowledge of the SEC will play an integral role in Texas A&M's transition into the conference, and I have no doubt that the Aggies will make an immediate impact in the league."
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents authorized Loftin to take any and all action to identify a candidate for athletic director, and negotiate and execute an employment agreement with this candidate, at its telephonic meeting on June 29. Texas A&M officially enters the SEC on July 1, and Hyman officially assumes his new duties on August 1.