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Randall Williams Named Latest Regents Professor

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Dr. Randall Williams, professor of agriculture science has been named Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s 18th Regents Professor.


The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently designated 15 faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2017-2018.


“I read somewhere a few years back that less than 00.01% of all the faculty that ever taught within the Texas A&M University System, would attain the status of being named a Regents Professor. To imagine and then realize that I have been selected to join the ranks of recognition among all of those distinguished intellectuals and revered professors that have been named as a Regents Professor or Fellow is beyond my earliest and wildest dreams,” Williams said.


Wiliams said this award comes as validation that the long hours, and the hard work of the young men and women that he has been privileged to call his students, has been acknowledged.


“I teach and train young gentlemen and ladies to become future agriculture, food and natural resources teachers in secondary schools, having certified nearly 300 future and prospective high school agriculture science teachers to date. I am also extremely proud that I have been fortunate to have been the chairman of a very successful graduate program that will have graduated over 250 Master of Science students by the summer of 2019. A large majority of them having been Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Agents,” he said.


Williams credits many for his success, and said the various people to thank to would be too long to list.


"I wish to thank my family for always believing in me, my sons Derek and Braden, my life partner Dr. Kari Blaesing, my colleagues that I have been fortunate to work alongside and two college presidents that I have admired and strived to please. Dr. Joe Mills, former president of Vernon College where I worked for eight years, who was more than a mentor, he is also a friend, and of course our own Dr. Steven H. Tallant, the savior of TAMUK, in my estimation," he said. "A special 'Thank You' would also go to one of my strongest supporters, friends and former colleagues, the late Dr. Kermeta 'Kay' Clayton."


Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said the new Regents Professors and Regents Fellows have proven their commitment to The System’s success. 


“These outstanding individuals are doing incredible work on behalf of the A&M System and the entire state of Texas,” said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “They exemplify the values and commitment to excellence that defines the A&M System and I am grateful for their dedication.”


About Dr. Randall H. Williams

Williams joined the university faculty in 1990 as an associate professor. He was promoted to professor in 1998 and served as interim chair of the agronomy and resource sciences department in 2005.


Prior to his time at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Williams was at Vernon Regional Junior College and Oklahoma State University. He also was a vocational agriculture instructor at Caprock High School in Amarillo and Pampa High School in Pampa.


He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture education from Texas Tech University. He received his doctorate from Oklahoma State University.


Williams has served on numerous committees during his tenure at Texas A&M-Kingsville but currently serves as the liaison for athletics on the President’s Leadership Council; as board member and advisory council member for Agricultural Workers Mutual Insurance; as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas FFA Association; representative and former chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee; and faculty athletic representative for the university to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.


He also assists young farmers and ranchers as assistant superintendent of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo junior breeding beef heifer show; assistant superintendent of the National FFA Organization’s Career Development Event, Agriculture Issues Forum; and is assistant superintendent of the State Fair of Texas junior breeding beef heifer show.


Williams received the prestigious Piper Professor Award from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in 2013; was named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture by the Texas County Agriculture Agents Association in 2007; was the Javelina Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teacher in 2007; received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas FFA Association in 1993, 2000, 2007 and 2010; and received the University Distinguished Service Award as Outstanding Faculty Senator of the Year in 1997.


About the Regents Professor Award 

The Board established the Regents Professor Awards program in 1996 and the Regents Fellow Service Awards program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. 

The selection process for the awards begins with a call for nominations from the Chancellor, after which an internal selection committee is formed within each institution or agency. Final nominations are put forth to the chief executive officer of each respective entity. They are then subject to a System-level review consisting of academic vice chancellors and past recipients of the awards. Finally, nominations are forwarded to the chancellor and the board for final approval. To date, 239 A&M system faculty members have been recognized with the Regents Professor Award and 142 agency professionals have received the Regents Fellow Service Award.


About the Texas A&M University System 

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.





























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