The world faces many complex challenges in 2013, and our nation once again looks to its land-grant universities to find solutions for feeding our world, protecting our environment, improving our health, enriching our youth and growing our economy.
As we provide our diverse student body with a practical education — especially in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses that prepare them for careers in today’s job market — we continue to conduct research and engage with the world around us.
Agriculture was one of the pillars on which Texas A&M University was founded. The students we have educated and the scientific advancements we have shared have made life better for millions, in Texas and around the world.
From long-established majors such as horticulture and animal science to newer programs such as forensics and ecosystem sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is widely recognized as a leader in dozens of academic disciplines. Our award-winning faculty members are discovering the fuels of the future, unlocking genetic mysteries to cure diseases, and working to ensure the safety, nutritional value, and abundance of our food supply.
In the fall of 2012 our enrollment was 7,265, and we still have one of the highest numbers of students at Texas A&M who are the first in their family to attend college. The value we place on tradition means even more now that the College has passed its century mark and we have celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant College Act. As we look forward to a bright future for our students, our College and our nation, we remember what it took to get here, and we have a clear vision of the future, where we will meet the five grand challenges that lie ahead.
Mark A. Hussey, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences