Business graduate James G. Hooton ’66 was appointed as the Texas A&M University System’s executive vice chancellor for finance by the Board of Regents in April.

Hooton’s position is an expansion of responsibilities now held by the vice chancellor for business services, Tom Kale, who will retire Aug. 31 after 30 years in Texas higher education. As executive vice chancellor, Hooton will oversee the administrative and business functions of the entire A&M system, which consists of nine Texas universities, seven state agencies and a health science center and enrolls more than 100,000 students.

Hooton’s 35-year career with Arthur Andersen culminated in the role of managing partner for finance and administration and chief financial officer for Andersen Worldwide in Chicago, a global organization with 130,000 people in 50 countries and revenues in excess of $15 billion. He has worked as a consultant since his retirement from Andersen in 2002.

“After nearly 40 years in the private sector, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to put my skills and experience to use on behalf of the people of Texas through the A&M System,” said Hooton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from A&M.

Hooton has served as a member of the Governor’s Special Commission on 21st Century Colleges and Universities and has been active in numerous organizations at A&M, including the Vision 2020 committee, the Mays Business School Dean’s Development Council and the A&M Foundation Development Advisory Committee. Hooton and his wife, Marilyn, live in College Station and have two daughters and five grandchildren.