Clay Mathis, Ph.D.

Director and Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Endowed Chair • 361-593-5401

Dr. Clay Mathis was named Director and Endowed Chair of the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management in July, 2010.  As Director, Dr. Mathis leads KRIRM faculty and staff, and oversees teaching and outreach efforts of the Institute.  He maintains and develops curriculum for the M.S. in Ranch Management degree program, which includes more than 42 hours of business and animal production coursework and intensive project work tackling issues on large partnering ranches across North America.  Dr. Mathis works closely with the KRIRM Management Council to identify subject matter for the entire suite of KRIRM lectureships and symposia aimed at educating leaders in the ranching industry.

Dr. Mathis is a native of New Braunfels, TX.  He received a B.S. in Animal Science and M.S. in the Physiology of Reproduction from Texas A&M University.  In 1998, he earned a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Ruminant Nutrition where his research focused on supplementing grazing cattle.  From 1998 to 2010, Dr. Mathis worked as a Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist at New Mexico State University.  Dr. Mathis and his wife, Rhonda, have three children:  Morgan, Miles, and Amy Kaye.