Texas A&M AgriLife Offices

External Relations

The Office of External Relations, under the direction of the Vice Chancellor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, communicates the needs, priorities, and relevance of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to external interests.  The External Relations team is the primary point of contact for elected officials, government agencies, and external stakeholders at the state level.  In addition, the Office of External Relations collaborates with the Texas A&M University System Office of State Relations.  Using strategic communication and interaction, the office maintains consistency and coordination of contact with supporters while promoting numerous unique and pertinent programs and initiatives.

83rd Regular Session-Exceptional Item Appropriations

Texas A&M AgriLife Research


Advancements in Water Resource Management
Appropriation 2014-2015: $3 million

Other appropriations include:
Cotton, wool and mohair research
$1 million
Zebra chip (maintained)
Technical correction

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


Expanding Workforce Horizons for Texas Youth
Appropriation 2014-2015: $500,000


Reversing the Decline of Quail in Texas
Appropriation 2014-2015: $2 million

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


College Station Laboratory
Appropriation 2014-2015: $6 million

Texas A&M Forest Service


Texas Wildfire Protection Plan: Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) Grants
Appropriation 2014-2015: $10 million


Texas Wildfire Protection Plan: Texas A&M Forest Service Operations
Appropriation 2014-2015: $27.2 million

External Relations Staff

Joe Cox

Joe Cox
Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Relations

814 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
Joe Cox currently serves as assistant vice chancellor for External Relations for Texas A&M AgriLife. He joined the AgriLife team after his exceptional work for several offices in the Texas House of Representatives, where he focused on policy areas pertaining to agriculture, natural resources and the environment, and energy. Before working in the House of Representatives, Mr. Cox was employed by a private government-relations firm and represented a broad spectrum of clients.

He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and earned his Master of Arts degree in political science at Texas State University. A native Texan, Mr. Cox remains close to his roots and manages a family livestock operation in Central Texas.


cristina cornejoCristina Cornejo
Program Coordinator

814 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701

Cristina Cornejo joined the External Relations team as program coordinator in December 2008, after serving as director of communications for the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO). Before working for TIPRO, Ms. Cornejo served as legislative director in the office of Texas State Representative Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles, where she focused on a wide array of issues, including agriculture, energy, juvenile justice, and criminal justice.

Ms. Cornejo was also employed by the Advertising Council in Washington, D.C., where she helped to manage the public relations and media outreach efforts for five national public service campaigns, including Homeland Security. She has worked for members in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Ms. Cornejo is a native of South Texas.