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.  He is a native of New Braunfels, TX, and attended college at Texas A&M and Kansas State Universities.  From 1998 to 2010, Dr. Mathis worked as a Professor and Extension Specialist at New Mexico State University.  As a state livestock specialist, he had the opportunity and responsibility to interact and contribute in both academia and production agriculture.  For 12 years he provided recommendations and problem-solving input to producers across all sectors of the beef and sheep industries. Dr. Mathis’s position at New Mexico State University also included a 25% appointment to the Range Improvement Task Force.  Dr. Mathis conducted applied research and cooperated with other scientists in training graduate students. He has been recognized by his peers as recipient of the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science 2005 Extension Award and the 2007 Applied Research Award.  Outside of his professional activities, he and his family have fed cattle in growing, finishing, and cull-cow feeding enterprises. Dr. Mathis and his wife, Rhonda, have three children: Morgan, Miles, and Amy Kaye.

Dr. Mathis leads faculty and staff appointed to KRIRM 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 tacking issues on partnering ranches across the United States. Dr. Mathis works closely with the KRIRM Management Council to identify topics and speakers for the entire suite of KRIRM lectureships and the annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management.

Dr. Mathis earned a B.S. in Animal Science in 1993 and a M.S. in Animal Science (Physiology of Reproduction) in 1995, both from Texas A&M University. He completed his doctoral program at Kansas State University in 1998, earning a Ph.D. in Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition).