Faculty, staff and students,
I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2019-2020 academic year. To our new students, welcome to Texas A&M! We are so delighted you are here. I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing break and that the start of the new school year finds you energized for the exciting and abundant opportunities ahead. You are the future leaders of Texas, and we are here to help you realize your dreams.
No matter your role in the college, whether a student, researcher or educator, you are helping us accomplish our shared mission of reaching every Texan by revealing the importance of agriculture and life sciences in our daily lives. As one of the largest colleges of agriculture and life sciences—with more than 7,200 students—we are driven by our land-grant mission to pursue knowledge and translate it into meaningful solutions that improve lives, environments and the Texas economy.
What we do here is transformative. It is inspiring work. Just last week, I had the opportunity to visit South Texas and engage with stakeholders as part of our Advancing Texas roadshow. During our stop in McAllen, we joined Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp to talk about how we can lower diet-related health care costs through nutrition and responsive agriculture for the benefit of all Texans. It was a fruitful discussion where we discussed the many ways that we as Aggies can make direct and lasting impacts for all Texans. The future is bright and full of opportunity, and I look forward to engaging with you as we make this vision a reality across the state.
To be the best Texas A&M we can be, we must keep in touch with each other throughout the semester. Please remember to keep up-to-date on recent happenings at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences by visiting AgriLife Today or following me on Twitter, @patrickjstover. I also plan to continue our Common Ground series, where you can join me for coffee and informal discussion at different locations across campus throughout the academic year. I’ll share upcoming dates soon.
Finally, I invite you to kick off the new academic year by attending the COALS Council Ice Cream Social on August 28 at 4 p.m. at the AgriLife Center.
Again, I very much look forward to working with each of you to capitalize on our collective strength and advance our mission. Best wishes for a productive semester!
Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research