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texas a&m president resigningWhen Kathleen McElroy accepted an offer to head the revived journalism program at Texas A&M, I was ecstatic. The University of Texas at Austin professor, who’d spent two decades at the New York Times, wasn’t just a great journalist—she was exactly the journalist and educator that my alma mater needed for the job.As a Black woman who graduated from A&M with a journalism degree in 1981, she understood both the strengths and the shortcomings of the institution’s culture. More importantly, she understood the Herculean task of rebuilding a program that the university had once decided wasn’t worth keeping.But no sooner had McElroy accepted the job in June than things began to unravel. Her contract was inexplicably changed from a tenured professorship to a one-year deal…

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