COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) R. Bowen Loftin, interim president of Texas A&M University, has been named the sole finalist to lead the flagship campus of the A&M University System.

Regents voted Thursday to make Loftin the intended replacement for Elsa Murano, who resigned under pressure in June. Loftin previously was a Texas A&M vice president and CEO of its branch campus in Galveston.

Regents cannot finalize Loftin's appointment for at least 21 days.

"In his short tenure as interim president, Dr. Loftin has clearly demonstrated a keen ability to successfully lead the complex billion-dollar teaching, research and service enterprise that is Texas A&M today," said regent Chairman Morris Foster.

Loftin says a priority is "Vision 2020," A&M's effort to become a top 10 public university by that year.

Loftin, 60, holds a bachelor's degree in physics from A&M. He has advanced degrees in physics from Rice University in Houston.