Reorganization continues in AgriLife division of Texas A&M System – WTAW

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Texas A&M System announces the latest in ongoing reorganization of its AgriLife division.

Rick Avery is the Acting Director of the AgriLife Extension. Dr Avery spent 20 years with an extension before joining the Brazos Valley Council of Governments from 2014 to 2020.

Cliff Lamb is the Acting Director of AgriLife Research. Dr Lamb leaves the head of the animal science department of A and M.

These appointments follow Chancellor John Sharp bringing back Mark Hussey as interim vice chancellor and dean of agriculture after a two-year assignment as president of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Texas A&M System Press Release:

Two well-known members of the Texas farming community have been chosen to lead Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Chancellor John Sharp and Dr Mark Hussey, Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, today announced the appointments of Dr Cliff Lamb as Acting Director of AgriLife Research and Dr. Rick Avery as Interim Director of AgriLife Extension.

Lamb, currently head of the animal science department, begins working in his new position on January 1. Avery’s appointment is effective January 18.

Lamb, who arrived at Texas A&M in 2017, has significantly increased the animal science research portfolio. He has also been successful in securing philanthropic funds to support animal science priorities.

Previously, he was Assistant Director and Professor at the University of North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida.

Its programs have received more than $ 10 million in grants or donations. He has published 97 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as over 510 popularization and research reports.

Lamb grew up on a cattle farm in Africa. His expertise is the management of beef cattle with particular emphasis on reproductive physiology.

He received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University, followed by a master’s and doctoral degree in reproductive physiology from Kansas State University.

Avery, currently Deputy Director of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, has extensive experience in government and government relations. He worked with the Texas Association of Counties from 2014-2020 after spending two decades with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the last ten years as director of the VG Young Institute of County Government.

He also worked on Capitol Hill in the Nation’s Capital for US Senator Lloyd Bentsen and US Representative Greg Laughlin.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Austin College and Texas A&M, respectively. He has a doctorate. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M.

Avery succeeds Dr Jeff Hyde, who said last fall he would explore other career opportunities.