As recently announced, Dr. Susan Ballabina has been appointed Vice President for Academic and Strategic Partnerships for Texas A&M University, effective Sept. 1. A considerable amount of time has been devoted to creating a new administrative structure that fills the void of Susan’s departure and also positions Texas A&M AgriLife for long-term success.
Today I’m happy to share that the following individuals will assume new leadership roles within the Vice Chancellor’s office, effective Sept. 1.
Elsa Murano has been appointed associate vice chancellor for strategic academic initiatives. In this role, Murano will be responsible for oversight of special projects within Texas A&M AgriLife, including the new AgriLife strategic plan and food safety and defense initiatives. She will also oversee state and federal relations and lead organizational effectiveness efforts like the Professional Services Customer Advisory Team. Elsa has served as dean and vice chancellor for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, president of the university from 2008-2009 and since 2012 has served as director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.
Vic Seidel has been appointed associate vice chancellor for finance and operations and will be responsible for AgriLife operational functions, including fiscal, human resources, risk and compliance, contracts and facilities, maintenance, and construction, as well as information technology. Vic joins the Vice Chancellor’s office from Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory where he served as assistant agency director for finance since 2009. Prior to that, he served as the director of payroll for Texas A&M AgriLife.
Holly Shive has been named associate vice chancellor for strategic communications and engagement. In this role, she will continue leading Texas A&M AgriLife-wide brand management, media relations, internal and external communications and marketing strategy. She will also oversee digital education, events and alumni relations. Since 2019, Holly has served as assistant vice chancellor for marketing and communications at AgriLife. Prior to joining the organization, Holly served as executive director of communications at the Texas A&M Health Science Center where she led efforts to elevate the Health Science Center brand through strategic content development and public relations outreach.
Chris Skaggs will continue to serve as associate vice chancellor for producer relations, a role he assumed in April. As associate vice chancellor, Chris works with producers, stakeholders, commodity groups and former students to strengthen the partnerships between industry and Texas A&M AgriLife on educational, research and extension initiatives. He also provides leadership for the Texas A&M AgriLife Sounding Board and continues to serve as associate dean for undergraduate programs within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Please join me in welcoming the new AgriLife leadership team and also sincerely commending Susan for her exemplary leadership and dedicated service to Texas A&M AgriLife.
Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Texas A&M AgriLife
Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research