Category Archives: Administration

New Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Dr. Philip Shackelford

Philip Shackelford, PhD, offers a new perspective on program development for county extension agents. With over 20 years of experience planning and implementing agriculture programs, Shackelford understands key techniques for successful and effective program development. Shackelford’s passion for agriculture developed during his teen years. His county extension agent and agricultural teachers from high school influenced Shackelford’s decision to pursue a career in agriculture. Shackelford earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University, and recently graduated with a PhD from Texas A&M. Before he became… Read More →

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

May 20, 2015 Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a… Read More →

AgriLife Advanced Leaders Program – Building Leaders and Lasting Relationships

By: Patricia Ward Texas A&M AgriLife’s Advanced Leadership Program enhancing leadership and personal development skills. As part of an 18-month program, cohort members participate in leadership activities and develop lasting professional relationships with members across the different agencies. Cohort III is comprised of 15 members employed under the different AgriLife agencies. The group meets several times a year to develop members’ leadership skills, enhance understanding of the Texas A&M System and its land-grant mission. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., along with recent ALEC graduate Courtney Dodd, Ph.D., are… Read More →

ALEC Department Plans to Grow

By: Meagan Brown The Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has begun the process of constructing a fourth building in the AgriLife Complex. One floor of the building is set to be devoted solely to the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) department. The floor will add approximately 16,000 square feet of space for the department. This space will be dedicated to the advancement of research and teaching to provide the best education to ALEC students. “We will have more space for our students to participate… Read More →

ALEC Department forms two Advisory Boards

By: Mollie Lastovica An extended period of vision and planning cumulated Oct. 18 with the first meeting of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications advisory boards. The Internal Advisory Board and Development Advisory Board are each comprised of influential contributors to and former students of the department. “The Internal Advisory Board was assembled to help us develop curriculum, to help spot areas to be added in order to help students prepare for careers,” Alumni Relations Coordinator Ambrya Baldwin said. “They are helping us find new opportunities… Read More →

ALEC Earns Accolades at AIAEE Meeting

By: Mollie Lastovica Twelve representatives of the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications attended the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, May 19-23. Of the ALEC attendees, four brought home honors and recognition. Professor James Lindner, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Leadership Award and was inducted as a Fellow for the organization. Assistant Professor Theresa Murphrey, Ph.D., was inducted as a Fellow and Professor Gary Briers, Ph.D., received Senior Fellow recognition. Winning the Outstanding Early Achievement Award was Assistant… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Leadership Program Focuses on Development, Fosters Inner-System Relationships

By: Mollie Lastovica Associate Professor and Department Head Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D., along with Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., were recognized as members of Cohort One of the Texas A&M AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program during the 2013 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference Jan. 8. The Advanced Leadership Program was developed by Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Mark Hussey, Ph.D., as a way to encourage professional engagement in the Texas A&M University System and land-grant mission through leadership development over an 18-month period. “We… Read More →

Mazurkiewicz Visits Poland, Sparks Cross-Cultural Collaboration

By: Mollie Lastovica Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., Leadership Program Director for the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program, has been fostering relationships with dignitaries in Poland for more than a decade. On Sept. 24. Mazurkiewicz was recognized for his contributions when he was awarded the Polish Medal of Honor from the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. His most recent collaboration, a business and academic trip to the country in September, has opened doors to many future collaborative projects between the European country and Texas A&M University. “My professional relationship with Poland developed through… Read More →

Mazurkiewicz named Regent Fellow

Leadership Program Director Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D. was recognized as a Regents Fellow for 2011-12. This distinction comes from the Texas A&M System Board of Regents who recognized only 18 professors and fellows throughout the entire Texas A&M System this year. Click here to learn more.

Vestal wins Southern Region Award for Excellence in Extension

Andy Vestal, Ph.D., was recognized during the 125th annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Denver, Colo. as the recipient of the Southern Region Award for Excellence in Extension. Click here to read about his contributions to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the department.