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Announcement of Dr. Alan Sams as vice president of Operational Innovation

Friday, March 25, 2022 05:00 PM

I am pleased to announce the appointment by Texas A&M University President Dr. M. Katherine Banks of Dr. Alan Sams as vice president of Operational Innovation, reporting directly to me.

In this position, Dr. Sams will work with me on enhancing delivery of operations and services, as well as facilitating development of accountability measures relating to operational efforts. Additionally, he will work closely on facilitating implementation of "The Path Forward” initiative.

Dr. Sams is returning to Aggieland after serving as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. He led the statewide teaching, research and extension programs that serve the agricultural and natural resource needs of Oregon’s more than 220 commodities, 36 counties and $50 billion industry. In those positions, Dr. Sams led more than 350 faculty serving 3,300 students and oversaw a budget of about $150 million. And he provided strategic leadership for the college’s integrated land-grant mission, as well as for its fundraising efforts, and government and industry relations.

Some of you may remember Dr. Sams from when he served as executive associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M where he oversaw the nation’s largest college of agriculture. Under his leadership, not only did enrollment and the number of faculty members grow, but the college also became more diverse and its climate improved. He also established several domestic and international research/academic partnerships, increased its research productivity, grew its endowment, added buildings and facilities, and greatly increased its programs and participation in high-impact student experiences.

Dr. Sams received his bachelor of science, master of science, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Sams to his new leadership role. 

Greg Hartman
Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President
Texas A&M University