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James Clark Bio
James Clark

James R. Clark, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor Emeritus, Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences and Coordinator of Graduate Admissions, Department of Agricultural Sciences

Office: Agricultural and Natural Sciences Building, Room 114B
Email: jclark@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2601

Professional Profile

Dr. Clark received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his master’s degree in animal husbandry from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in endocrinology-reproductive physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation, he completed a National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center in Madison.

Before coming to WTAMU, Dr. Clark was an associate professor of reproductive physiology in the department of animal science and food technology at Texas Tech University. In 1992, Dr. Clark accepted the position of professor of animal science and head of the Division of Agriculture at WTAMU. Dr. Clark served as dean of the Paul Engler College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering from 1997 until retiring in December 2010. From 2001 until his retirement, he served as assistant vice chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences of The Texas A&M University System and chair of the Council of Agricultural Administrators.

In 2012, Dr. Clark was named "Professor and Dean Emeritus of Animal Science" for his 18 years of service as Head of Agricultural Sciences (5 years) and Dean of the Paul Engler College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering (13 years).

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Clark’s teaching areas included courses in reproductive physiology, artificial insemination, endocrinology, statistics, scientific writing and data analysis. He is recipient of the AMOCO Outstanding Teaching Award.

From 1992 to 2009, Dr. Clark was an active member of the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources including the offices of treasuer, president-elect, president and past president. In 2006, he was appointed by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture to a three-year term on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. He is an active member of the American Society of Animal Science.

He has received numerous awards: the University Excellence Award from the WTAMU Alumni Association in 2005; the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources in 2009, and the First Choice award from the Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Development Association at WTAMU in 2010.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Clark’s research interests include ovarian folliculogenesis, puberty, post-partum reproductive function, in vitro maturation and fertilization of oocytes, embryo culture and development, and artificial insemination in domestic livestock. He has chaired 12 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. student committees and has served on an additional 32 M.S. and 12 Ph.D. student committees. Dr. Clark has authored or co-authored more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, study guides, and abstracts and made over 100 presentations to livestock, academic and agricultural groups.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Clark and his wife have three grown children, two grandchildren and live in Canyon.