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academic administrator , biology professor

David J. Schmidly, American academic administrator, biology professor. Recipient District Professor award Association Graduate Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 1985, Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence award Southwestern Association Naturalists, 1988, Diploma Recognition La Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, 1989, La Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, 1990.


Schmidly, David J. was born on December 20, 1943 in Levelland, Texas, United States.


Bachelor of Science in Biology, Texas Tech University, 1966. Master of Science in Zoology, Texas Tech University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology, University Illinois, 1971.


From assistant professor to professor department wildlife fisheries science Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, College Station, 1971-1982, professor, 1982-1996, head department wildlife, 1986-1992, Chief Executive Officer, campus dean Galveston, 1992-1996. Chief curator Texas Cooperative Wildlife College, College Station, 1983-1986. Vice president Texas Institute Oceanography, 1992-1996.

Vice president research and grad studies, dean graduate school, technical transfer Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 1996—2002, professor biological science, 1996—2002, president, 2000—2002. System Chief Executive Officer, president Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 2002—2007. President University New Mexico, since 2007.

Consultant National Park Service, Wildlife Associates, Walton and Associates, Continental Shelf Association, LGL. Lecturer in field; press advisory committee Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1983-1996. Charter member Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University Faculty Senate, 1983-1985, chairman Scholarship Committee, 1978-1982.



Trustee Texas Nature Conservancy, since 1991. Member advisory board Fort Worth Zoo, 2000. Fellow Texas Science Society (board directors 1979-1981).

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Mammalogists (life, editor Journal Mammalogy 1975-1978), American Institute Biological Sciences (board directors since 1993, council affiliate societies since 1989), American Naturalist, Society Marine Mammalogy (charter member), Society Systematic Zoology, The Wildlife Society Society Conservation Biology, National Geography Science Society, Southwest Association Naturalists (life member, board governors 1980-1986, 91—, president 1981, trustee since 1986), Texas Mammal Society (president 1985-1986), Association Systematic Collections (board directors), Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (vice president board scientists since 1982, board directors 1991), Mexican Society Mammalogists, Sigma Xi (vice president 1986-1987, president 1987-1988), Distinguished Scientist award 1991), Council Public University President and Chancellors (executive committee 2000), Golden Key, Beta Beta Beta, Phi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Janet Elaine Knox, June 2, 1966. Children: Katherine Elaine, Brian James.

Janet Elaine Knox

Katherine Elaine Schmidly

Brian James Schmidly