Cohort III


AboutThe third cohort of the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program began May 2014, and will complete in January of 2016.

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 


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Texas A&M AgriLife Research


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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


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Texas A&M Forest Service


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Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


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Prairie View A&M University





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Session I: Setting the Course
Cohort3Session1-01COLLEGE STATION, TX (September 15-18, 2014)



Session II: Leadership Cornerstones
Cohort3Session2-01SAN ANTONIO, TX (November 10-13, 2014) – Leadership Cornerstones marked the second meeting of the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program Cohort III.  Session competencies included Solving Problems Creatively and Building Relationships and Interpersonal Skills.  Program agenda included AgriLife Extension Service’s Cohort III Advocacy Presentation, launch of the cohort’s peer shadowing experience as well as a visit and tour of Texas A&M University – San Antonio Campus.


Session III: Leadership Cornerstones
Cohort3Session3-01COLLEGE STATION, TX (January 4-6, 2015) – This Leadership Cornerstones session was the third meeting of the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program, Cohort III. The two day session coincided with the 2015 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference, January 5-9, 2015 “Lone Star State of Mind: Shining a Light on Service.” Cohort III competencies focused on Building Relationships and Interpersonal Skills as well as Developing a Professional and Personal Leadership Plan. Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) Cohort III participants gave an Advocacy Presentation and Diagnostic Cases Presentation, followed by a  tour of TVMDL in College Station.   Dr. Bill Dugas, Mr. Tom Boggus, Dr. Craig Nessler, Dr. Doug Steele, Dr. Bruce Akey and Dr. Alton Johnson joined the Cohort and Executive for a luncheon and leadership roundtable discussion.    Cohort members also began the feedback process on their peer shadowing assignment.


Session IV: External Relations
Cohort3Session4-01AUSTIN, TX (April 13-16, 2015) – External Relations was the fourth gathering for the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program, Cohort III. The three day program focused on managing power and influence, understanding the role of a public servant from a public service aspect, as well as awareness of political and ethical pressures in public leadership roles. Guest speakers included: Reeve Hamilton, Executive Director of Media Relations, Texas A&M University System; as well as panelists representing Commodity Key Stakeholders. Cohort III members met with new members of the legislature, staffers, Austin Interns as well as Joe Cox, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Cristina Cornejo, Program Coordinator, External Relations, Texas A&M AgriLife. The Honorable Chancellor John Sharp and Dr. Mark Hussey gave presentations during the opening reception on Monday evening.  Cohort III toured the Hirshfeld-Moore House, attended the House Agriculture & Livestock Committee Hearing and the Higher Education Committee Hearing.  The meetings ended with a visit to the Bastrop State Park and a tour of recovery efforts from the 2011 Lost Pines/Bastrop forest fires.


Session V: Leadership Cornerstones
Cohort3Session5-01LUBBOCK, TX (August 10 – 13, 2015) – Cohort III gathered in Lubbock, TX for the fifth session of the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program. Over a three day session, the Cohort focused on Leading Groups Through Conflict and Change. In addition to a full day session at Spirit Ranch, the group toured the Bayer Museum of Agriculture and visited with Bayer Crop Science for a presentation and tour. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Lubbock hosted the Cohort for a full day while a variety of researchers presented on topics related to ongoing programs at the Center. Guest presenters from the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. and Texas Corn Producers, also added to the day, along with a visit/presentation from Senator Charles Perry, West Texas District 28. Cohort III presented their book review of Leadership and Self Deception edited by The Arbinger Institute and Cohort members from Texas A&M AgriLife Research, gave an advocacy presentation to their peers. Dr. David Doerfert, Texas Tech, spoke to the Cohort about the Texas Tech/TAMU Joint Doctoral Degree Program.


Session VI: Leadership in Action
Cohort3Session6-01COLLEGE STATION AND PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY (October 12-15, 2015) – Leadership in Action was the title of Cohort III’s sixth meeting. The three day program included: a session on Establishing Vision, Ethics and Integrity presented by The Arbinger Institute; a visit and tour to the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M University; an advocacy presentation by PVAMU Cohort members; and,  a panel presentation on Leadership Philosophies – Leadership in Action by the Executive team.  Cohort III presented a book review on The Omnivore’s Dilemma and gave a presentation on the latest draft of their Capstone project.

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