|Gary Acuff Named Animal Science Department
Head at Texas A&M University
Dr. Gary R. Acuff has been named
head of the department of animal science at Texas A&M University,
effective August 1. Acuff is a professor of food microbiology and a Texas
Agricultural Experiment Station faculty fellow. He has served as the department's
interim head since November 1, 2004.
"Dr. Acuff has done a tremendous job leading this department as
interim head the last six months," said Dr. Elsa Murano, vice chancellor
and dean of agriculture and life sciences, who made the announcement.
"I have no doubt with the support of the faculty, he will lead the
department to excellence," Murano said.
Acuff is committed to helping her administration fulfill its land-grant
mission of teaching, research and extension, she said.
"I am committed to upholding our Animal Science heritage while helping
our faculty members move into the future through highly coordinated teaching,
research and extension programs," Acuff said. "In addition,
I look forward to visiting with former students and friends across the
state and nation to learn how we, as a department, can better serve our
Acuff also said his primary vision as the new department head is to serve
"I represent an outstanding group of faculty members," he said.
"I'm really humbled they've asked me to serve in an administrative
role. My goal is to help them interact and collaborate, find research
funding where I can, and help organize the department."
Prior to the appointment as department head, Acuff taught undergraduate
and graduate courses and labs in food microbiology, and conducted research
on food quality and safety. He also taught food microbiology to federal
meat and poultry inspectors for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food
Safety and Inspection Service.
Acuff earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Abilene Christian University
and a master's degree and doctorate in food science and technology from
He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Society
for Applied Microbiology, and the Institute of Food Technologists. Acuff
serves on the executive board of the National Association of Food Protection.
With about 750 undergraduate and 175 graduate students, the department
of animal science at Texas A&M is one of the largest in the country.
Sixty-five faculty members are headquartered on campus and throughout