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AgriLife Extension, approved by the directors of AgriLife Research

Texas A&M University System The Council of Regents is scheduled for Thursday the only finalists are Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., as director Texas A&M AgriLife study and Rick Avery, Ph.D., director Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Lamb and Avery served temporary roles from January.

“Both doctors. Lamb and Avery bring unique experience and expertise to these key director positions Texas A&M AgriLife“Said Mark Hassi, Ph.D., interim vice-rector and dean of agriculture and science. “Our top government research and expansion agencies are able to continue to respond to the challenges and needs of Texans and will benefit greatly from these two leaders.”

Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. (Photo by Texas A&M AgriLife)

Leader of animal science and research

Lamb served as head Department of Animal Husbandry since 2017. Under his leadership, the department has dramatically increased its research portfolio. Lamb has also been successful in providing philanthropic resources to support animal science priorities.

Lamb previously worked as an assistant director and professor at the University of Florida-North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianne, Florida.

The lamb grew up on a livestock operation in Zimbabwe. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from the University of Tennessee and then earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in reproductive physiology from the University of Kansas.

Government relations, the deep roots of Texas

Rick Avery, Ph.D., Director of Texas Expansion Service A&M AgriLife. (Photo by Texas A&M AgriLife)
Rick Avery, Ph.D., Director of Texas Expansion Service A&M AgriLife. (Photo by Texas A&M AgriLife)

Avery has extensive experience in government relations and in government. Avery’s experience on Capitol Hill includes work as an assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen and U.S. Representative Greg Laughlin. His career also includes serving as a county liaison officer with the Texas County Association, where he has worked with elected and appointed county officials in all 254 Texas counties, providing support, continuing education, and resource guidance for government operations. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments.

At Texas A&M AgriLife, Avery previously served as director of the V.G. Young and an extension specialist at AgriLife to provide continuing education to approximately 1,500 county officials annually at the Institute’s schools.

Avery received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Austin College and the University of Texas A&M respectively. He received his doctorate in education administration from Texas A&M.

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