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Rasmussen Named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Dr. George Allen Rasmussen has been appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

“I have been extremely impressed with Dr. Rasmussen’s leadership and vision and believe he will continue to do an outstanding job in his new role as Provost. For the immediate future, Dr. Rasmussen will continue his dual role as Provost while also overseeing the Office of Research and Graduate Studies,” Dr. Steven H. Tallant, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville, said.

Rasmussen has served as a faculty member and department head at Utah State University and as a faculty member, Dean and Vice President for research at Texas A&M-Kingsville. 

“He has served as interim Provost since September and has served in this role twice during my tenure at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Combined, his two terms as interim Provost represent more than a year of service leading our Academic Affairs Division,” Tallant said.

As the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies (2016-2018) he was responsible for facilitating the research and graduate programs across the university.

During his time as dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences (2006-2016) his focus was on developing the research capabilities of faculty and improving student opportunities.  The faculty research funding increased over 100 percent and the student body increased over 80 percent.

His career research work focused on helping people understand how to manage natural resources.  This ranged from the technical applications of resource monitoring to mediating environmental conflicts in rural communities.  His international experience has encompassed Ethiopia, Morocco, Jordan, Israel, Australia, India, Mexico and Canada. 

He has been recognized by the Society for Range Management with an Outstanding Achievement and Fellow awards.  In addition, Rasmussen has served as president of the Society for Range Management, on its board of directors and on the board for the International Arid Lands Consortium.

Rasmussen received his B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M University in College Station and his Ph.D. in Range Science at Texas Tech University.

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