Mark Hussey (File)
COLLEGE STATION (December 15, 2013) Texas A&M Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Mark Hussey has been named interim president of Teas A&M University.
Texas A&M University System regents voted unanimously Saturday to appoint Hussey, who comes from an academic background, to lead the 53,000-student campus.
Hussey has been the system's vice chancellor and A&M's dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since 2008.
A&M System Chancellor John Sharp says Hussey won't seek the post permanently.
He will begin on Jan. 14.
Faculty leader at A&M were bracing for the possibility that the regents would choose someone from outside of academia at a time when A&M is enjoying record enrollment and a resurgent football program.
Gov. Rick Perry, an A&M graduate, threw his support behind Guy Diedrich, the A&M system's vice chancellor for strategic initiatives who didn't come from the classroom.