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Clint Rusk

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Clint Rusk


Department Head, Animal Science

Office: 101B Animal Science

Phone: 405.744.9254



Curriculum Vitae

Oklahoma Farm Report

One Year at OSU


In the Department

Dr. Rusk became the Animal and Food Sciences Department Head at Oklahoma State University on August 1, 2012. He is excited to be a Cowboy and is enjoying leading the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

The Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences has distinguished programs in teaching, research, and extension. Building upon its tradition of excellence, our department discovers, develops, and distributes scientific knowledge to advance the animal and food industries.

We are the fifth largest animal science department in the country and one of the largest departments on campus with over 1,000 undergraduate students. Our department is one of the few land-grant institutions who still maintain livestock and wheat facilities for teaching, research and extension.

About Dr. Rusk

Dr. Clint Rusk is Head of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University.  Clint and his wife, Madeleine, have been married for thirty-five years.  They are the proud parents of two children, Shane (31) and Ashley (29).

Clint grew up on his family’s Hereford and Angus ranch near Sun City, Kansas.  After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, Clint attended Colby Community College, where he was a Presidential Scholar and a member of the National Champion Livestock Judging Team.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State University in 1980.

After graduation, Clint returned to his family’s ranch for five years.  In l985, Clint and his family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to manage the purebred cattle unit at Colorado State University.  In 1987, he also accepted the duty of coaching CSU’s livestock judging team.  Clint completed his M.S. degree in 1992 and his Ph.D. in male reproductive physiology in 1997.

Dr. Rusk coached 10 livestock judging teams at Colorado State University.  His teams were Reserve National Champions in: 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1995.  Clint helped coach CSU’s National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Team in 1996, along with Dr. Duane Wulf.  Clint’s former students have gone on to coach livestock judging teams for Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Minnesota, New Mexico State University, Oregon State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Wyoming.  Dr. Rusk was named “Coach of the Year” by the Intercollegiate Coaches’ Association, in 1991 and 1992.  Clint has been judging cattle, sheep and swine at county, state and national shows for the past thirty-eight years.

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Rusk joined Purdue University as its Youth Livestock Specialist.  Clint enjoyed conducting educational programming for 4-H members and their parents for 13 years.  In 2009, Dr. Rusk was selected to lead the Animal and Range Science Department at South Dakota State University.  Over a three year period, Dr. Rusk gained valuable administrative experience working with industry leaders, university professors, successful alumni and an outstanding group of dedicated students.

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