Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D., is the vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M AgriLife and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. As vice chancellor, Stover oversees coordination and collaboration of the agriculture, academic and research programs across The Texas A&M University System, as well as four state agencies: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and Texas A&M Forest Service. Stover is also director of AgriLife Research, where he oversees 13 research centers across the state with a research portfolio of more than 500 projects and $214.2M in annual research funding. As dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Stover leads more than 7,000 students and 330 faculty members in 15 academic departments.
Stover previously directed the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Saint Joseph’s University, a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his postdoctoral studies in nutritional sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
An international leader in biochemistry and nutrition, Stover focuses his research on the biochemical, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that underlie the relationships between folic acid and human pathologies such as developmental anomalies, neuropathies and cancer. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also former president of the American Society for Nutrition and has served two terms on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board.