Agriculture Faculty

Marcus Arnold

Assistant Professor & Livestock Judging Coach

Mr. Arnold grew up in Panhandle, Tex. and raised cattle and show pigs. He attended Clarendon College where he received his associate degree and was on the Livestock Judging Team. Mr. Arnold attended Texas Tech University and received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and was on the record-setting National Champion Livestock Judging Team in 2008. Mr. Arnold attended Colorado State University where he earned his Master of Science in Animal Nutrition and helped coach the Livestock Judging Team. Before coming to Butler in 2013, Mr. Arnold was the Livestock Judging coach at West Texas A&M University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. Mr. Arnold teaches Livestock Selection, Animal Nutrition, Food Science, Microcomputers in Agriculture and others.

Dr. Aaron Cooper

Adjunct Agriculture Instructor

Dr. Cooper grew up on a cattle and cotton farm in west Texas and is an alumnus of Butler where he was on the 2002-2003 Livestock Judging Team. After receiving his associate degree from Butler, Dr. Cooper pursued a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2005 where he was a member of the 2004 National Champion Livestock Judging Team. From there, he went to the University of Nebraska and received his Master of Science in Animal Breeding and Genetics and coached the judging team in 2007. In 2011, Dr. Cooper completed his Ph.D. in Animal Breeding from Texas A&M University. His dissertation focused on identifying important genes that affect maternally influenced traits in Bos indicus-Box taurus cattle.

Before returning to Butler to teach in 2013, Dr. Cooper was an assistant professor in Animal Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Cooper teaches Principles of Animal Science, Microcomputers in Agriculture, Breeding Livestock Production Management, Farm Animal Artificial Insemination and other courses relating to Reproduction and Genetics.