Personnel Profile

Clay Mathis, Professor & Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Endowed Director - King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

Clay Mathis

Dr. Clay Mathis was named Director and Endowed Chair of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management in July, 2010. He is a native of New Braunfels, TX, and was formally educated at Texas A&M and Kansas State Universities. From 1998 to 2010, Dr. Mathis worked as a Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist at New Mexico State University. As a state livestock specialist, he had the opportunity and responsibility to interact and contribute in both academia and production agriculture. For 12 years he provided recommendations and problem-solving input to producers across all sectors of the beef and sheep industries. At NMSU, Dr. Mathis also coordinated several rancher education programs like NM Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA), NM Ranch to Rail, and NM Beef Quality Assurance. He also led peers in the development and coordination of numerous educational short courses and symposia for ranch managers. Dr. Mathis’s position at NMSU included a 25% appointment to the Range Improvement Task Force (RITF). Dr. Mathis also conducted applied research and cooperated with other scientists in training graduate students. He has been recognized by his peers as recipient of the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science 2005 Extension Award and the 2007 Applied Research Award. Outside of his professional activities, he and his family have fed cattle in growing, finishing, and cull-cow feeding enterprises. Dr. Mathis and his wife, Rhonda, have three children: Morgan, Miles, and Amy Kaye.

Curriculum Vitae


B.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University - 1993

M.S. in Animal Science (Physiology of Reproduction), Texas A&M University - 1995

PhD in Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition), Kansas State University - 1998


As Director, Dr. Mathis leads faculty and staff appointed to the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management and oversees teaching and outreach efforts of the Institute. He maintains and develops curriculum for the M.S. in Ranch Management degree program, which includes more than 42 hours of business and animal production coursework and intensive project work tacking issues on large partnering ranches across the United States. Dr. Mathis works closely with the KRIRM Management Council to identify topics and speakers for the entire suite of KRIRM lectureships and the annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management.


RAMT 5351    Systems Approach to Natural Resources Problem Solving

RAMT 5350    Practicum in Ranch Management

RAMT 5395    Advanced Problems in Ranch Management

Contact Information

King Ranch Institute of Ranch Management
Kleberg Ag 125
MSC 137 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.5400
fax: 361.593.5404
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: December 22, 2015