I am so grateful to you for the opportunity to serve as your Vice Chancellor and Dean. Now, I get to spend some time with you all, working together to fulfill our land-grant mission of teaching, research, extension and service. Together, we can empower each other to do the best job possible.
As I’m fond of saying, “we’re in the people business,” and I will measure our success by how well our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders are served. That means making sure our people are equipped to do their best work, with top-notch facilities, strong departments and a great work environment.
Reaching our goals will take creativity, communication and collaboration, so I look forward to meeting with many of you in the next few months as we learn more about one another and chart this path together.
Being part of a community is important, and our Texas A&M AgriLife organization is a community. Who we are as an organization should be accessible, authentic, genuine, supportive and transparent.
I am honored to be at the helm of a team of strong agency leaders in Cliff Lamb, Rick Avery, Amy Swinford and Al Davis. I’m also thankful for the leadership of our department heads of the College. I believe in a bottom-up approach and will not only be planning opportunities to hear from all areas in our organization, but also encouraging our leaders to do the same.
Soon, I will also announce my executive cabinet, which will be a team we can all work with to create solutions to our most pressing needs.
This is a unique place in time where we can reach new and great heights through AgriLife’s vision. Let’s get started.
Thanks and Gig ’em,
Vice Chancellor and Dean, Agriculture and Life Sciences