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Nirmal Goswami named Regents Professor

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has designated 13 faculty members and eight agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2018-2019.

“These awards recognize and honor the exemplary accomplishments and contributions of our faculty, extension or research professionals,” said Elaine Mendoza, Chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. “Though they vary in focus and location, these individuals exemplify the commitment to excellence in research and service that sets A&M System employees apart.”

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.

This year’s recipients of the Regents Professor Award are: Dr. John Fuller, Prairie View A&M University; Dr. Lih Kuo, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Dr. Beverly Irby, Texas A&M University; Dr. Dorothy Shippen, Texas A&M University; Dr. Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M University; Dr. Betty Block, Texas A&M University-Commerce; Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Dr. Louis Fry, Texas A&M University-Central Texas; Dr. A. Daniel Hill, Texas A&M University; Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. David Allard, Texas A&M University-Texarkana; and Dr. Steve Simpson, Tarleton State University.

Recipients of the Regents Fellow Service Award are: Mr. Danny Nusser, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Ms. Kathy Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Dr. Wenwei Xu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research; Dr. Diane Hurtado, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Ms. Christine Ramirez, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service; Mr. Jeff Saunders, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service; Mr. Bradley Smith, Texas A&M Forest Service; and Dr. Beverly Kuhn, Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

The selection process for the awards begins with a call for nominations from the chancellor. 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, 252 A&M system faculty members have been recognized with the Regents Professor Award and 150 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 $6.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $996 million in FY 2017 and helped drive the state’s economy.

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