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Cook named new Director of Agricultural Division at Noble Foundation


Billy Cook, Ph.D., has been selected as the new Senior Vice President and Director of the Agricultural Division at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Cook, who currently manages the Agricultural Division's research team, assumed his new post April 1, providing a seamless transition as former director Wadell Altom retired after 42 years of service at the Noble Foundation. Altom's final day as director was March 31.

"The decision to name Dr. Cook as the new Senior Vice President and Director of the Agricultural Division was a simple one," said Michael A. Cawley, president and chief executive officer. "Dr. Cook is qualified, well respected and has already proven his leadership abilities through his management of our agricultural research team. Most importantly, however, he has a vast wealth of experience and knowledge about the agricultural industry. We're confident that he will provide excellent direction and continue the division's great success."

Cook joined the Noble Foundation in 1999 as a livestock consultant, joining a team of agricultural specialists who provide no-cost consultation to regional farmers and ranchers. In 2004, he was named the Consulting Support Research Manager. During the past five years, he has planned, coordinated and implemented the Agricultural Division's research and demonstration efforts. His responsibilities also included overseeing the management of the Noble Foundation's 12,000 acres of farmland.

"The Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division plays a pivotal role in assisting regional farmers and ranchers with achieving their financial, production, stewardship and quality-of-life goals, as well as educating and counseling them on the adoption of sustainable practices, and continuing invaluable applied research," Cook said. "I look at the many challenges facing the agricultural industry today and I know that our research and consultation efforts have never been more important. This division will continue to stay focused on the core needs of our producers, while striving to provide solutions to the many obstacles that will surely come to the next generation of farmers and ranchers."

Before joining the Noble Foundation, Cook served as general manager of the Beef Development and Research Center of Texas. He earned a doctoral degree in beef cattle production and meat science from Texas A&M University in 1997. He also holds a master's degree in beef cattle production from Texas A&M and a bachelor's degree in animal health management from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.

Cook has been married to his wife, Tammara, for 18 years. Together they have two sons, Hunter, 13, and Colton, 11.

Cook is a member of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Meat Science Association.


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