COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents have designated 15 faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2017-2018.
“These outstanding individuals are doing incredible work on behalf of the A&M System and the entire state of Texas,” said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “They exemplify the values and commitment to excellence that defines the A&M System and I am grateful for their dedication.”
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. Lal K. Almas, West Texas A&M University; Dr. Vaughn M. Bryant, Texas A&M University; Dr. Lisa Campbell, Texas A&M University; Dr. Gerard L. Coté, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Dr. Jian Q. Feng, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Dr. Amir M.H. Ibrahim, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife; Dr. Syed Hussain A. Jafri, Tarleton State University; Dr. Nereu F. Kock, Texas A&M International University; Dr. Akhtar H. Lodgher, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Dr. Thomas J. McDonald, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Dr. Lijun Qian, Prairie View A&M University; Dr. Antonietta Quigg, Texas A&M University at Galveston; Dr. Robert L. Smith, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Dr. Sang C. Suh, Texas A&M University-Commerce; and Dr. Randall H. Williams, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Recipients of the Regents Fellow Service Award are: Dr. Marvin L. Adams, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Dr. David R. Ellis, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Dr. Don L. Renchie, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Mr. James B. Rooni, Texas A&M Forest Service; Mr. Edward Schneider, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Ms. Rebecca L. Tate, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service; and Dr. Qingwu Xue, Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
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, 239 A&M system faculty members have been recognized with the Regents Professor Award and 142 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 $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.