Mike McKinney was chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, the second-largest higher education system in the state. He became chancellor in November 2006, and resigned in July 2011.
Enrollment in the A&M System reached 115,000 under McKinney's watch in September 2009.
The following was from McKinney's official bio on the Texas A&M University System homepage:
"Dr. McKinney came to the A&M System from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he was senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. He served in leadership positions at the UT System, including vice chancellor for health affairs and acting dean of the UT Medical School in Houston. The University of Texas Medical Branch awarded him the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009, the highest alumni honor bestowed by the university’s School of Medicine Alumni Association.
"He is a former chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry, and served as commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission during former Gov. George W. Bush’s first term. Dr. McKinney practiced medicine for 16 years in Centerville, Texas, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from 1984-1991. He served as speaker pro-tempore from 1989-1990."
McKinney stepped down from the job effective July 1st, 2011, saying, "The time has come for me to step aside." After a brief and stormy term as chancellor from Gov.Rick Perry's perennial "go to guy" Jay Kimbrough, former state senator and comptroller John Sharp became the new chancellor of the Texas A&M system on Sept. 6, 2011.