Director’s Letter, June 2017 e-NEWS
By Dr. Craig Nessler
Each of the 13 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers has unique strengths that help it succeed in its region and meet its constituents’ needs. So, we are excited to welcome three new resident center directors whose distinct backgrounds and areas of expertise will be a boon to their region and center.
At the Dallas Center, Director Jeanmarie Verchot’s acclaimed work in plant virology adds to the center’s research on plants that thrive in urban areas. Her ability to attain research funding and grow productive collaborations will help develop the center’s programs and visibility.
At the Vernon Center, Director Richard Vierling’s experience with research and business development gives him a valuable perspective on how the center can improve the resilience and economic viability of agricultural production in the region.
And Director Brent Auvermann has already spent decades at the Amarillo Center as an agricultural engineer. His work in research and extension and his passion for interpreting scientific results will energize the public in supporting the center’s technological advances.
These directors’ efforts will benefit their region’s citizens, their centers, and their many collaborators. They will advance our agency’s mission to improve lives in Texas and around the world through scientific discovery.