January 2014

2013 Vice Chancellor's Awards in Excellence

Please join us in congratulating the 2013 award recipients!

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New Year, New Opportunity

Stepping in as the Texas A&M Interim President

Much has changed in the last 30 days and brought some significant, if temporary, changes to the office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean. As of January 14, 2014, I will be assuming the title of Interim President of Texas A&M University. In my absence, Dr. Bill Dugas will be serving as Acting Vice Chancellor of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Acting Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

For the past eight years, Dr. Dugas and I have worked closely together as he served as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean for agriculture and life sciences. He has also been Interim Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station.


Before moving to College Station in 2005, Dr. Dugas was Professor and Resident Director at the Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple. He has a B.S. degree in climatology/meteorology from California State University -- Chico, a M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science and Biometeorology from Utah State University.

The duration of my appointment as Interim President is not known, but I certainly expect to return as Vice Chancellor and Dean before the end of 2014. As you know, the search for a permanent university president is already underway.

In the meantime, Dr. Dugas, the four agency directors, and the leadership in the Dean’s office will continue to support the outstanding work across Texas A&M AgriLife and specifically focus on key priorities for the agencies and college, such as conducting effective leadership programs, maintaining good relations with our external partners, making progress on construction projects, preparing for the next state legislative session, and enhancing our federal activities.

I am confident our current positive momentum will be maintained on these important priorities because we have such an excellent team of faculty, staff, students and administrators. I know you will all continue to ensure our agency and college programs remain relevant and impactful during this time of temporary leadership change.

I look forward to my time as Interim President and I welcome your support in my efforts to serve Texas A&M University in a broader context. Most importantly, I also look forward to returning as Vice Chancellor and Dean when this temporary assignment is complete!



Mark A. Hussey
Vice Chancellor and Dean
Agriculture and Life Sciences


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Photo of the Month


Extension Celebrates 100 Years of Success

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service celebrated the centennial of its founding legislation, the 1914 Smith-Lever Act, with a statewide conference in College Station, Jan. 7-9. Throughout the event, the agency honored its partners at the county, state and national levels. Pictured here are State Representative Kyle Kacal, Extension Director Doug Steele, State Senator Charles Schwertner, and State Representative John Raney. The elected officials presented proclamations on behalf of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in recognition of its centennial anniversary.


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