September 2013

Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 12
One Day 4-H

Oct. 17-19
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Council Fall Meeting

2013 Texas Master Gardener Conference

Oct. 19
Third Annual College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tailgate

Call for Nominations

Vice Chancellor's Awards in Excellence
Due: October 4

AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program Cohort III
Due: November 8

News and Announcements

FAZD receives $2 million in federal funding for new EPS technology

West Texas rancher named Texas A&M Distinguished Texan in Agriculture

The Leader in All of Us

With a network that reaches to every corner of the great Lone Star State, Texas A&M AgriLife’s strength resides within each of us – innovative scientists, talented professors and impassioned service providers. So as we strive to fulfill our land-grant mission of promoting teaching, research, extension and service, we must aim to not only be local leaders, but also lead our nation and our world in solving it’s most harrowing problems.

To do so, we need our best and brightest to be well prepared in their leadership roles, which is something I, as vice chancellor and dean, have always been passionate about. My challenge to each of you is to thoughtfully consider leadership. Instead of asking, ‘am I a leader?’ Ask yourself, ‘what kind of leader am I?’

There are numerous opportunities to lead, whether it be joining a team, heading up a special project or simply encouraging others to excel. No matter what your leadership style, you are an important part of this organization. Your unique experiences and personality give your colleagues a diverse pool of knowledge from which to pull.

To provide you with as many paths to excellence as possible, I have implemented several leadership programs over the past few years, such as the Advanced Leadership Program and the Emerging Leaders Conference. These programs are designed to help participants develop the knowledge, management and skills needed to become an AgriLife leader.

Amongst these leadership programs, I’d like to highlight our AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program (AALP). The program was created to help participants gain a greater understanding of their leadership style, a wider knowledge base of all the entities within Texas A&M AgriLife, and a deeper understanding of the land-grant mission.

As the deadline to apply for the upcoming cohort is approaching, Nov. 8, 2013, please read more about AALP from personal accounts of the current participants and think heavily on what kind of leader you want to be.  

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


Making Headlines


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


New AgriLife publications give ‘undiluted’ truth about urban landscape water use
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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences


With female student population increasing to 55%, College hosts Women’s Summit
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Texas A&M Forest Service


Save money with Energy Saving Trees program
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Texas A&M AgriLife Research


Bioinformatics, genomics systems engineering center established
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Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


Continuing education seminar on beef cattle attracts more than 80 veterinarians
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Awards and Achievements


Join us in congratulating our colleagues for their awards and achievements.
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Photo of the Month


Pierce Miller named Texas A&M Distinguished Texan in Agriculture

Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences, presented the honor during the 40th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day held Sept. 5 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo.

Miller, who resides in San Angelo and ranches near Ozona, is a fourth generation Texas rancher who has spent his lifetime actively involved in the agricultural industry. His affiliations and leadership roles include serving as chairman of the board of the National Sheep Improvement Center, as well as board president of the American Sheep Industry Association, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association, Mohair Council of America, San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association, Texas Food and Fiber Commission, Texas Council on Agricultural, Research, Extension and Teaching or “T-CARET,” San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, San Angelo Industries and the West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture award is meant to recognize individuals, such as Pierce Miller, who are agricultural leaders in Texas who demonstrate outstanding leadership and provide significant contributions to Texas agriculture.

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