Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Clay P. Mathis Named Director, Endowed Chair of King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

KINGSVILLE - June 30, 2010

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143


Dr. Clay P. Mathis has been selected as the director and endowed chair of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM), part of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Mathis has been serving as professor and extension livestock specialist at New Mexico State University (NMSU) since 2007. He started teaching at the university in 1998.

Mathis has a broad knowledge of applied beef production, acquired in part through an educational path that includes a B.S. in Animal Science and an M.S. in Physiology of Reproduction, both earned at Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from Kansas State University.

As a specialist in his field, Mathis has provided recommendations to producers across all sectors of the beef and sheep industries for the last eleven years. He also has developed and taught courses for ranch managers, as well as a Beef Industry Systems course for graduate and undergraduate students.

“We are excited that Dr. Mathis will be joining our team at A&M-Kingsville," said Dr. Allen Rasmussen, dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. "The KRIRM reputation is based on our outstanding students and innovative approach to training them to deal with large properties and complex problems. Dr. Mathis has the skills and ideas to continue attracting these students and raise the Institute to an even higher level.” 

Jamey Clement, chairman of the board of King Ranch Inc., serves as chair of the Management Council of KRIRM. He said of the selection, "Clay Mathis brings with him not only a strong academic background, but also years of real world experience consulting with ranchers and range specialists. It's not often you find someone with Clay’s credentials who has accomplished so much in all these arenas.

"The KRIRM Management Council is confident Clay will continue to build and enhance the industry relationships and academic training which are so important to this institute’s unique mission of preparing land managers in an increasingly complex world. We look forward to working with Clay as we continue to grow and blaze new trails in the field of ranch management."

Mathis has chaired numerous college, departmental and professional committees at NMSU. He also has served as acting department head for the NMSU Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources Department.

Some of the honors received by Mathis at NMSU include the 2005 Extension Award and the 2007 Applied Research Award from the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science.

About the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management is the world’s only M.S. degree program for ranch management. The mission of the institute is to train ranch managers to apply a systems approach and critical thinking to the multidisciplinary aspects of ranch management. In addition, the institute seeks to establish a free flow of information between the private sector and the university to ensure the Institute addresses challenges in the ranching industry. Finally, institute students create new knowledge from case studies of real-world ranching operations.

Dr. Kim C. McCuistion, assistant professor for the KRIRM, has been serving as the interim director of the institute.

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