Texas A&M University-Kingsville

College Names Top Teachers, Researchers

KINGSVILLE - June 09, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Three faculty members from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences were honored with awards at the college’s recent awards ceremony. Dr. Roger Hanagriff, associate professor of agribusiness and rodeo coach, received the Junior Teaching Award; Dr. Mani Skaria, professor at the Citrus Center, received the Senior Teaching Award; and Dr. Greta Schuster, associate professor of agronomy and resource sciences, received the Junior Research Award.

Hanagriff has been at Texas A&M-Kingsville since 2008. He also is currently with Hanagriff and Ewell Inc. developers of The Agriculture Experience Tracker, the FFA record book system currently used in 17 states. Prior to that he was professor in agribusiness and rodeo coach at Sam Houston State University for 10 years. He also was with Hanagriff, Swaim and Associates as a staff tax and corporate accountant.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business with a minor in general business from Sam Houston State University, his master’s degree in agricultural economics with emphasis in agricultural finance and his doctorate in agricultural leadership in education and communication with emphasis in distance education and agricultural business, both from Texas A&M University.

Hanagriff also has received the John Deere Award for Outstanding Teaching in Agribusiness, was a finalist for Outstanding Researcher at Sam Houston State University, was Southern Region Rodeo Coach of the Year twice, received the Teacher Fellow Award from the National Association of College and Teachers of Agriculture and had the second runner up paper for the Outstanding Research Presentation Award at the Southern Section of American Association of Agricultural Education Association.

Skaria has been at A&M-Kingsville since 1988 working at the Citrus Center in Weslaco. He previously worked as assistant plant pathologist at Washington State University and the United States Agency for International Development. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany from the University of Kerala in India and his doctorate in plant pathology from Purdue University.

He holds a U.S. Patent for a bio-control agent for postharvest fruit decay control. He also has developed an innovative micro-budding technique for quicker production of budded citrus and a membrane filter technique for quantitative assay of citrus nematodes.

Skaria was a David Ross Fellow at Purdue University, was a member of the Faculty Senate and president of the Rio Grande Valley Horticultural Society and was elected to six committees of the American Phytopathological Society including chair of tropical plant pathology and co-chair of cultural diversity.

Schuster has been at A&M-Kingsville since 2008. In addition to her teaching duties, she has a 25 percent appointment with AgriLife Extension. Previously, she worked in the Integrated Pest Management program in the Division of Agriculture at West Texas A&M University, the last three years as director of the program. She also held appointments with Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas A&M University. She was a extension integrated pest management agent for Castro and Lamb Counties.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and her master’s degree in agronomy from East Texas State University and her doctorate in plant virology and plant pathology from Texas A&M University.

Schuster has had numerous published manuscripts and publications and presented at a variety of professional meetings. 

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