Mark A. Hussey, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor and Dean
Texas A&M Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas A&M - College Station, TX
Phone: 979-862-4747
Fax: 979-845-9938


Dr. Mark Hussey serves as the Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences for the Texas A&M System. Appointed in December 2008, he provides leadership and oversight of the four agricultural agencies: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. In addition, he is the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Together, these organizations make up one of the largest and most diverse such organizations in the country.

A plant scientist with more than 25 years experience, Dr. Hussey champion’s research, education, and service programs for agriculture, the environment, food, nutrition and life sciences. Most recently, Dr. Hussey served as the director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and held the associate directorship from 2004-2007. While agency director, he led a strategic positioning initiative and instituted a corporate relations team that established new research contracts valued at more than $15 million dollars.

Prior to 2004, Hussey served as head of Texas A&M's department of soil and crop sciences for four years. He began his career as a forage breeder in 1983 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco, TX. Hussey became an assistant professor in soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M in 1985 and was promoted to professor in 1997. His research program focused on the development of new breeding methods for subtropical forage and bioenergy crops.

A native of a southern Illinois, Dr. Hussey earned a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Illinois. He received his master’s and PhD in plant breeding at Texas A&M University.