Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Allen Rasmussen Named Dean of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Human Sciences at Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - May 25, 2007

Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

Dr. G. Allen Rasmussen was named dean of the internationally recognized College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville today by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System.

The announcement was made at the Board’s scheduled meeting, held May 24-25 on the Kingsville campus.

Rasmussen is currently interim dean of the college, a position he has held since June 2006. A national search was conducted by Texas A&M-Kingsville to fill the position.

“We are delighted that the Board of Regents approved the university’s recommendation to name Allen Rasmussen our permanent dean,” said Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, president of the university. “He has a proven track record in winning competitive research grant funding, and he is an accomplished teacher and administrator. He is well-known among our students and faculty as well as his peers nationwide as an energetic and innovative leader.”

About the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences

The mission of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences is to improve the well being of people and the environment through education, research, and service. The college is made up of three departments, two centers, two institutes, a University Farm and a number of projects and other units.

Within the college are the departments of agronomy and resource sciences, animal and wildlife sciences and human sciences. Students can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agribusiness; agriculture science; animal science; plant science; soil science; range and wildlife management; and human sciences. The college also offers a master’s degree in ranch management – the only such degree in the world – and a doctoral degree in wildlife science. The college also offers a collaborative doctoral degree in horticulture with Texas A&M University in College Station. 

The college also oversees the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco; and on the Kingsville campus, the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

 About Allen Rasmussen, Ph.D.

A research scientist and professor in the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, Rasmussen came to A&M-Kingsville as assistant dean and associate professor in 2002 and rose to become associate dean and professor before being named interim dean. His main areas of research are habitat management and fire ecology.

Prior to coming to A&M-Kingsville, Rasmussen was on the faculty of the department of rangeland resources at Utah State University in Logan. He also was a consultant and owner of Vegetation Management Consulting and Cherokee Creek Seed Co. for two years.

Rasmussen earned his bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology and his master’s degree in range science from Texas A&M University in College Station. He received his doctorate in range science from Texas Tech University.

He has written many published works, both refereed and non-refereed, and has been granted thousands of dollars in research funding.

He currently serves as president-elect of the Society for Range Management, the international professional society dedicated to promoting the professional development and continuing education of their members and the public and the stewardship of rangeland resources. He also is a member of the International Association for Wildland Fire, The Wildlife Society, the Ecological Society of America, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi.

He has been honored with many awards including the Dean’s Excellence Award in 2005, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Range Management in 1999 and the Outstanding Extension Specialist from the Utah Extension Specialist Association in 1997.

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