I am pleased to share that The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today named Jeff Hyde, Ph.D., as the sole finalist for the position of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Director.
Hyde joined the faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State in 2000 and has served Penn State Extension in leadership roles for the past 15 years. Most recently, he served as Interim Director of Extension since March 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland and master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
Hyde’s experience, as well as his leadership and vision for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, will be instrumental as we continue our upward trajectory—integrating research and extension more than ever before to benefit all Texans. I am delighted Hyde has agreed to serve in this important role, and I am honored to welcome him to Texas A&M.
A special thank you to Parr Rosson, Ph.D., for his service as interim director of the agency since April 2018. He skillfully guided the agency through a period of transition for which we are very grateful.
I am also grateful to the search committee, chaired by Texas A&M Forest Service Director, Tom Boggus, for their dedication and commitment to ensuring we have the chosen the very best candidate for this role. Finally, thank you to all who attended our candidate seminars, engaged with the finalists and provided thoughtful feedback through the online form.
Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists at least 21 days before making an appointment. The Board of Regents will meet again to make the final appointment. Hyde is expected to start in his new position September 1.
Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research