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#Welcome20 Inauguration

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Dr. Mark Hussey was confirmed as the 20 th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in November 2018 and officially assumed presidential duties on January 2, 2019. Dr. Hussey received his bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Illinois in 1977 and his master’s and doctoral degrees in plant breeding from Texas A&M University in 1979 and 1983 respectively.

He has been with The Texas A&M University System since 1983 starting as an assistant professor at Texas A&M AgriLife Research (formerly known as the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station) in Weslaco. He has been continually employed by The A&M System since that time.

In 1985, Dr. Hussey moved to Texas A&M University as an assistant professor in the department of soil and crop sciences.His most recent post prior to being named President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville was vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences at The Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University. During which time Dr. Hussey also spent more than a year as interim president of Texas A&M University.

He was named Vice Chancellor and Dean Emeritus in 2018 and in 2017, received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration from the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University. While Vice Chancellor and Dean, Dr. Hussey increased college enrollment by 25 percent while also increasing diversity, retention and graduation rates. He developed interdisciplinary, faculty-driven research initiatives to address global societal challenges in agriculture and life sciences, known as the College’ Five Grand Challenges.

He placed a strong emphasis on high-impact programs for undergraduate students which led to a 100 percent increase in student participation in undergraduate research and internships and a 50 percent increase in study abroad since 2011.

Dr. Hussey challenged academic departments to establish additional departmental honors programs which led to a 75 percent increase in honors course offerings. He encouraged academic access through distance education leading to today’s offering of more than 180 distance education courses, eight distance master’s programs and two distance doctoral programs. He increased the funding awarded annually for matching graduate fellowships/assistantships from $130,000 to $1.5 million.

 Dr. Hussey embarked on a visionary construction campaign with the goal of moving all academic departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to the west campus of Texas A&M University to create a more visible central home as well as a state-wide headquarters for the four Texas A&M AgriLife agencies. He created the vision and raised more than $6 million in private donations for the construction of The Gardens at Texas A&M. The Gardens is an expansive outdoor classroom with teaching gardens and open spaces. The Leach Teaching Gardens opened in June 2018.

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Hussey placed an emphasis on philanthropy, which resulted in tripling annual funding for endowed gifts. He also established the first regular quarterly meetings with local city and county elected officials to discuss and find common solutions to issues which impacted the university, cities and county.

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