Dr. David K. Lunt has been a member of the executive leadership team for Texas A&M AgriLife Research since 2008.
Lunt began his career with AgriLife Research in 1985, when he was hired to manage the 6,372-acre McGregor Research Center. During the 23 years that Lunt served as professor and superintendent at McGregor, he also served as operations manager and, later, as associate head of operations for the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University.
As associate director, Lunt facilitates the business operations and the international research portfolio for AgriLife Research. Last year the agency conducted research and other scholarly activities in 66 countries.
Lunt’s duties also include overseeing the agency’s strategic planning, state and federal reporting, and internal grant programs for cropping systems, beef improvement, bioenergy, cotton, fire ants, and other areas.
Lunt is a magna cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University, having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science. He also holds a Ph.D. in meat science and muscle biology from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Before joining AgriLife Research, Lunt lived in Arizona and New Mexico, where he was a partner in three farms and six ranches. During the past 30 years, he has been actively engaged in management and agricultural consulting for multinational companies, governments, and foundations in many parts of the world.