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Dr. Mark Hussey '79 Selected As Texas A&M's Interim President

Scot Walker '90 December 16, 2013 8:17 AM

John Sharp '72, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced Saturday that Dr. Mark Hussey '79 would serve as Interim President while the search continues for the 25th President of Texas A&M University.

Hussey earned his master's and doctoral degrees in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University will begin his service as Interim President Jan. 14, following the departure of R. Bowen Loftin '71, who will become the Chancellor of the Univeristy of Missouri - Columbia on Feb. 1.

Porter S. Garner III '79, President and CEO of The Association of Former Students, offered The Association's continued support for Texas A&M during this time of transition.

"Since our founding in 1879, The Association has been a constant source of service and support to Texas A&M and the leadership of our university," Garner said, "Mark has served Texas A&M well as a professor and Dean, and we look forward to working with him as he leads our university through this important transition period."

Following is a news release from Texas A&M University:

Mark Hussey Named Interim President Of Texas A&M University, Effective Jan. 14

COLLEGE STATION, Dec. 14, 2013—The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Board of Regents has named Dr. Mark A. Hussey as interim president of Texas A&M University, effective Jan. 14.

The regents voted unanimously for Hussey’s selection upon the recommendation of Chancellor John Sharp.

Hussey, who holds the joint positions of vice chancellor for TAMUS and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for Texas A&M University, will serve in the presidency while a national search is being conducted to fill the position being vacated by R. Bowen Loftin on Jan. 13.

Hussey joined Texas A&M in 1983 as an assistant professor at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. Two years later moved to the University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, where he rose through the academic ranks to full professor and was named head of the department in 200l. In 2005 he was named associate director of programs for Texas A&M AgriLife Research and was subsequently promoted to the directorship of that agency. He was named to his current joint positions in 2008.

He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Illinois and master’s and Ph.D. in plant breeding at Texas A&M.

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