Please join me in welcoming new campus members


February 15, 2018

It is my great pleasure to welcome to the university two of the nation’s most distinguished scholars, researchers and educators: Mark A. Barteau as Vice President for Research, and Patrick J. Stover as Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Dr. Barteau, who will assume his new role today, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has an outstanding national reputation and a wealth of experience in energy research. He will be collaborating across disciplines in leading Texas A&M’s Division of Research. At nearly $1 billion in research expenditures, Texas A&M has built a stellar reputation as one of the nation’s leading research institutions. I have no doubt that he will contribute substantially to our continued pursuit of excellence.

Dr. Barteau comes to us from the University of Michigan, where he serves as director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute, the DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research, a professor of chemical engineering and chemistry, and a Dow Distinguished Fellow in Sustainability. His research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. He has successfully competed for research funding from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, and has served as a consultant for Ford, Dow and DuPont, among others.

Incoming Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. Stover, is a nationally recognized leader in nutritional sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Once Dr. Stover begins here on March 1, he will use his extensive expertise in nutrition to promote human health in food production. He will collaborate with university and system entities to extend the reach of teaching, research and extension programs in support of our land-grant mission.

Dr. Stover comes to Texas A&M from Cornell University where he was professor and director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences. With his background in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biophysics and nutritional sciences, he is well-positioned to work with faculty and agencies to improve the health and wellbeing of Texas communities. Dr. Stover’s research focuses on the mechanisms that underlie the relationships among nutrition, metabolism, and risk for birth defects, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

I look forward to welcoming Drs. Barteau and Stover to our wonderful campus and I know they’ll receive the friendly Aggie welcome that will make them feel right at home.

I would also like to recognize Drs. Karen Butler-Purry and Mark A. Hussey, interim vice president for research, and vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences, respectively, for their outstanding service to our university. With such superb examples of leadership to follow, Drs. Barteau and Stover will undoubtedly make seamless transitions.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding new members of our university community.

Michael Young