Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Professor receives man of the year honor

KINGSVILLE - September 12, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

State county agents group presents award

Dr. Randall Williams, professor in the agronomy and resource science department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has spent about 25 years preparing college students to be county extension agents. Now those successful county agents as members of the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association have repaid Williams by naming him Man of the Year in Texas.

Williams, who teaches agricultural science in the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, was honored for his dedication in preparing, placing and assisting the young and future leaders of the agricultural industry. “As a professor, Dr. Williams has been instrumental as a teacher and advisor to many agricultural students in both undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Rogelio Mercado, Jim Wells County Extension agent and Williams’ former student.

“His emphasis on academics is unparalleled, as he strives and encourages his students to perform to the best of their ability. He assists his students in job placement and career development and serves as a mentor to many young agricultural leaders,” Mercado said. “In 2002, Dr. Williams played a critical role in establishing written guidelines for a reduction in tuition for county extension agents seeking their master’s degree at Texas A&M-Kingsville.”

This is not the first time Williams has been honored. The National FFA Organization recognized him in 1994 with the Honorary American FFA Degree, the highest award possible. In 1993, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas FFA Association. As a faculty member at A&M-Kingsville, he has received numerous honors, the most recent being the 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award as given by the Javelina Alumni Association.

Williams began his professional career in 1975 as an instructor for vocational agriculture, cooperative education and feedlot pre-employment at Pampa High School. He then moved on to Caprock High School where he also taught vocational agriculture. While obtaining his doctoral degree, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Oklahoma State University. In 1981, he returned home to Shamrock to help with the family’s ranching operation and in 1982, started working at Vernon Regional Junior College as chair of the agriculture and technology department, instructor on agricultural sciences farm and ranch management courses and farm manager. He has been in Kingsville since 1990 coming as an associate professor at then Texas A&I University.

The Texas County Agricultural Agents Association has presented the Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture Award annually for the past 45 years. The members, directors and officers of the association give this award to individuals in recognition of their outstanding leadership in agriculture, agribusiness and their support of the educational program efforts of county extension agents in Texas.

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