The Office of External Relations, under the direction of the vice chancellor of agriculture and life sciences, communicates the needs, priorities and relevance of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M Forest Service and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to outside interests. The External Relations team is the primary point of contact for elected officials, government agencies, and external stakeholders at the state level. In addition, the Office of External Relations collaborates with The Texas A&M University System Office of State Relations. Through strategic communication and interaction, the office maintains consistency and coordination of contact with supporters while promoting numerous programs and initiatives.
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Associate Vice Chancellor
814 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
Joe Cox currently serves as assistant vice chancellor for External Relations for Texas A&M AgriLife. He joined the AgriLife team after working for several offices in the Texas House of Representatives, where he focused on policy areas pertaining to agriculture, natural resources and the environment, and energy. Before working in the House of Representatives, Mr. Cox was employed by a private government-relations firm and represented a broad spectrum of clients. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in government and earned his Master of Arts degree in political science at Texas State University. A native Texan, Mr. Cox remains close to his roots and manages a family livestock operation in Central Texas.
Julia Lancaster has been serving as the Program Coordinator for External Relations since 2018. She joined AgriLife after working for a small fundraising firm managing several state and federal candidates. Before turning to public service, Julia spent several years in corporate sales for a top outdoor brand. Julia graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and has completed a certificate in Public Service Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service.