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About the President


Dr. Mark A. Hussey became the 20th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in January 2019. Born in southern Illinois he holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Illinois, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India.

Prior to becoming President, Dr. Hussey served in multiple leadership roles within the Texas A&M University System, including Vice Chancellor & Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, interim president at Texas A&M University, Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Department Head for Soil & Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University.

A passionate spokesman for the land grant university system, Dr. Hussey has served in numerous leadership roles with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities throughout his career. A professor of plant breeding & genetics, he and his colleagues have worked to develop sustainable pasture systems for subtropical regions of the world.

He and his wife, Melissa, have one son who is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.

The roots of Javelina Nation began in 1917 when the Texas Legislature approved plans to locate a teachers college in Kingsville. The citizens of Kingsville lobbied hard for the college to be located within their community, and that strong spirit of cooperation between the town and the university still exists today.