Bill Dugas is the Acting Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences for the Texas A&M University System, and Acting Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.
In his position as Acting Vice Chancellor, he provides direct supervision to the four agricultural agencies of the Texas A&M System (i.e. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory). These agencies, in total, have about 3,800 employees throughout Texas and annual expenditures of about $0.4 billion. As Acting Dean, he is responsible for all aspects of the college (e.g. academics, personnel, budgets, facilities, etc.), which has more than 7,200 students and more than 400 faculty in 14 academic departments.
Dr. Dugas is serving in these two roles while the permanent Vice Chancellor and Dean, Dr. Mark Hussey, serves as Interim President of Texas A&M University.
Prior to this temporary assignment, Dr. Dugas was the Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean. He has also served as Interim Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station (formerly known as the Agricultural Experiment Station).
Before moving to College Station in 2005, Dr. Dugas was Professor and Resident Director at the Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple. He has a B.S. degree in climatology/meteorology from California State University — Chico, a M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science and Biometeorology from Utah State University.
He has authored more than 130 scientific publications. He was a Visiting Scientist Fellow in Australia in 1985, a Guest Fellow of Royal Society, U.K. in 1991, a Visiting Scientist in New Zealand in 1997, and awarded the 1993 Texas A&M University Deputy Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Research.
Dr. Dugas has been married to his high school sweetheart, Nancy, for 40 years and they have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.