Dr. Clay Mathis
Dept. Head of Animal Science, Texas A&M University
Dr. Clay Mathis received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Kansas State University. He was an Extension Livestock Specialist at New Mexico State University from 1998 to 2010 and Endowed Director of the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2010 to 2023. As Director, he led faculty and staff, and managed all teaching, research, and outreach efforts of the Institute. Thirty-nine graduates of the Institute during his tenure currently manage over 100,000 cows on 7.5 million acres. Dr. Mathis oversaw the completion of over 120 agriculture technical service projects providing experiential learning for students and science-based management solutions to real-world challenges on over 50 partnering ranches across North America. In 2023, Dr. Mathis became the Department Head for Animal Science at Texas A&M University and currently works to ensure Texas A&M University is home to the most modern and impactful Department of Animal Science in the world.