COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Mark M. Ellison, former director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund for the office of Gov. Rick Perry, has been named associate vice chancellor for economic development for The Texas A&M University System. The appointment, effective Oct. 1, was announced today by Guy Diedrich, vice chancellor for federal relations and technology commercialization for the A&M System.
Ellison will serve as the A&M System’s initial point of contact for economic development issues and activities, from local to international. He will guide ongoing efforts to leverage the economic development resources of the A&M System to benefit businesses, communities, academic and governmental entities. Working with A&M System universities and agencies, he will guide efforts on economic development-related issues, including data forecasting and analysis. He also will coordinate economic development training programs for Texas community organizations, such as county commissioners’ courts, city councils and school boards.
“In addition to our teaching and research missions, the A&M System is dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of Texas through our economic development initiatives. Mark Ellison brings even greater strength to our already dynamic efforts to unite the System’s powerful research programs with industry and the marketplace,” said Diedrich.
Ellison received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Texas A&M University.
Prior to heading the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Ellison served as director of the Office of Employer Initiatives for the Texas Workforce Commission. He has been a partner in a specialty investment banking firm in Dallas, and was assistant commissioner of marketing and agribusiness development for the Texas Department of Agriculture. Ellison also has served as international trade specialist for U.S. Wheat Associates in Washington, D.C. and Casablanca, Morocco. He is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development Council.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.04 billion. Through a statewide network of nine universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 109,000 students and makes more than 15 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research brings in almost $627 million every year and helps drive the state’s economy.