I write today to share that Jeff Hyde, Ph.D., director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has announced his intent to step away from his current role to pursue opportunities that more closely align with his personal and professional goals and aspirations.
I would like to extend my appreciation to Dr. Hyde for his service and commitment to the agency’s mission over the last two and a half years. He was instrumental in leading an inclusive strategic planning process. Furthermore, during his tenure as director, the agency rose to the challenge on multiple occasions to answer when Texans called. From the multi-faceted COVID-19 pandemic response to the catastrophic Winter Storm Uri, AgriLife Extension went above and beyond to fulfill our land-grant mission.
We are moving quickly to determine next steps and are grateful that Dr. Hyde has graciously agreed to work together on transition plans. I have asked Elsa Murano, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for strategic academic initiatives, to serve as the Vice Chancellor’s representative to work closely with Dr. Hyde and the leadership team to ensure a smooth transition for all involved. Drs. Hyde and Murano will work hand-in-hand to determine critical next steps and begin discussions around the identification of an interim director.
As the AgriLife Extension strategic plan affirms, and as I personally witness every day, the people, programs and partnerships of the agency create lasting change by improving lives of Texans, near and far. I am proud of the work that so many of you put forth on a daily basis, and I am confident that this agency will continue to reach and serve the state of Texas in meaningful ways for many years to come.
We will keep you updated as details are finalized regarding the timing of Dr. Hyde’s departure and corresponding transition plans. For questions, please email email@example.com.
Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor and Dean, Agriculture and Life Sciences
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research