In June 2022, Jeffrey W. Savell, Ph.D., was named by the Board of Regents as the vice chancellor and dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences.
He is a University Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University.
In his long and acclaimed career at Texas A&M, he has taught many thousands of students. He has taught the introductory course in meat science, ANSC 307, teaching over 12,000 Aggies since 1982. He has also taught an undergraduate livestock and meat marketing class, and a graduate course in carcass composition and quality. He team-teaches a graduate and undergraduate course in the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, HACCP, and a freshmen class on Texas Barbecue. Savell has chaired or co-chaired over 150 graduate students who have become leaders in academia, industry and government. Recognition of his teaching accomplishments include the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M and the American Meat Science Association.
Savell’s research efforts have been recognized by receiving numerous university, regional and national awards for individual and team efforts to solve key issues in the livestock and meat industries. Savell is a past president of the American Meat Science Association, serves on the JBS Advisory Team on Quality and Safety, is a member of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame, and was identified by Stanford University as among the top 2% of most-cited researchers in the world in 2021.
Savell earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M in 1975, 1976 and 1978, respectively.