Director’s e-Memo │ July 17, 2017

Tell Us What You Think
As a first step in our Extension 20/20 strategic visioning efforts, we’re seeking input from our program participants, local elected officials, community leaders, and YOU, via survey. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions, completely anonymously, about the strengths of AgriLife Extension and give input on priority program areas.

The brief survey will not take you much time to complete, but will be extremely valuable to the Extension 20/20 Advisory Committee and to Administration as we seek to provide focus and clarity to our efforts across the state. Click or copy and paste the link to take the survey: 

4-H State Program Leader Finalists
Selection of a new State Program Leader for Texas 4-H is down to two candidates. I want to thank all the applicants, as well as the selection committee, for their time and commitment to this process.

The final two candidates will each present a seminar on their vision for the future of Texas 4-H on Monday, July 31, and Tuesday, August 1. Look for specific details on how to watch the presentations and submit your feedback, coming soon.

What is the Value of Joining a Professional Association?
Our administrative leadership not only values the role that professional associations play in the life of our agency, but also the additional voice associations give to their members. While joining a professional association is a voluntary, individual decision (one that comes with both a time and monetary expense), I believe they provide tremendous value, professionally, organizationally, and personally.

As I see them, the primary purposes of a professional association are to elevate the standing of the organization; foster leadership and professional development; provide an avenue for communication with administration; and advocate for the Extension profession. Additionally, you gain secondary benefits such as social and professional interactions, opportunities for mentorship and networking, communication with other members, scholarships, and recognition for achievements.

Throughout July and August, AgriLife Extension senior administration will be attending the professional association conferences across the state. We will bring an administrative update, but more importantly, we will interact with you in a social setting and celebrate your accomplishments. We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.

A Celebration of Service
After a career spanning 39 years, four agency name changes and several directors, Dr. Travis Miller has announced his intent to retire on September 15, 2017.  Dr. Miller has served as an Extension Specialist in Soil and Crop Sciences, Associate Department Head, and most recently as Interim Associate Director for State Operations. Travis describes his career best in one sentence: “improve the lives of Texans by taking the University to the people.” He will definitely leave behind a legacy of service to the agricultural community across the state and a legacy of leadership to our agency. Please save the afternoon of Monday, August 28, for a retirement celebration in honor of Dr. Miller. More information to follow.

Douglas L. Steele, PhD
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
600 John Kimbrough Blvd., Suite 509
7101 TAMU, College Station TX 77843-7101
Tel. 979.845.7967,
Rebekah See-Hruska, Assistant to the Director

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