• Executive Vice President and Provost
Assistant Name: Cathy Cordova
Assistant Email: ccordova@tamu.edu
Dr. Alan Sams, Texas A&M University Provost


  • Dr. Alan Sams is the Executive Vice President and Provost for Texas A&M University. He was appointed interim provost in August 2022 after returning to Texas A&M to serve as vice president of operational innovation. He assumed the permanent position of provost in June 2023. In this role Dr. Sams supports deans, colleges and schools with the mission of empowering and nurturing Aggies to succeed in experiential and transformational education with a focus on student success.

    He earned his Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida and joined the Texas A&M University faculty in 1987. He is a professor in the Department of Poultry Science and was a member of the intercollegiate faculty of Food Science and Technology. During his 30 years at Texas A&M, Dr. Sams rose through the faculty ranks, served as head of two departments and as executive associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He also served as dean of agriculture, forestry and life sciences at Clemson University and both dean of agricultural sciences and director of the statewide Agricultural Experiment Station agency for Oregon State University.

    Dr. Sams was an assistant professor at Texas A&M from 1987-93 and an associate professor from 1993-99 in the poultry science department at Texas A&M.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in poultry science and food and resource economics in 1982, a master’s degree in poultry science in 1984 and a doctorate in food science and human nutrition in 1987, all from the University of Florida.

    Dr. Sams has led several multi-college academic programs and campus-wide research initiatives and was successful securing philanthropic and governmental support for their programs and capital facilities.

    Under his leadership, the Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of the Provost have restructured to enhance the university’s academic enterprise through strategic development, effective delivery and strong support of excellent academic programs and services.