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Boleman returns to key position with A&M agriculture


Dr. Larry Boleman, formerly a top adviser to Texas A&M University President Elsa Murano, returned to his agricultural roots on Feb. 1 to become the associate vice chancellor for outreach and initiatives for agriculture and life sciences.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Larry's extensive experience and outstanding capabilities rejoin our administrative team," said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences for the Texas A&M System. "He will be an invaluable liaison for us with stakeholder groups in industry and government."

For the past year, Boleman has served as associate executive vice president for operations in the office of the president. He was one of the key people Murano brought with her when chosen university president in 2008, after a three-year stint as vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences. While Murano was vice chancellor, Boleman had served as assistant deputy vice chancellor for agriculture and industry relations.

A nationally recognized educator of both youth and adults in beef cattle production, Boleman has worked for years with state and national agricultural groups and stakeholders. In his new position, Hussey noted, Boleman will help Texas A&M AgriLife--comprised of the college and system agricultural agencies--forge new and stronger cooperative relationships with industry and government to heighten and strengthen the research, education and service impact for the betterment of Texas agriculture.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the nation's top agricultural center for teaching, research, outreach and service here," Boleman said. "We have much to offer Texas and, for that matter, the rest of the world, and I look forward to being a part of the bright future that is within our grasp."

Prior to his administrative experience, Boleman was a beef cattle specialist for 30 years with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He established many statewide and national beef cattle educational programs and, for 18 years, chaired the annual Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M, the largest event of its kind in the nation.

In 2001, Boleman was named associate head of Texas A&M's department of animal science where he administered AgriLife Extension's educational programs in domestic livestock and meat science.

Boleman is widely known in the Texas agriculture industry and has held leadership positions in many industry organizations, including the Texas Purebred Cattle Alliance as past president, International Brangus Breeders Association, the Independent Cattlemen's Association and the Texas Beef Council. He has served on the National Cattlemen's Joint Science and Technology Committee and Joint Product Enhancement Subcommittee, as well as the Export and Communication Committees of the Texas Beef Council.

He has received numerous awards from industry groups, including the Professional Agriculture Workers of Texas, Texas Brahman Breeders Association, American Brahman Breeders Association, Independent Cattlemen's Association and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He has been honored with AgriLife Extension's Team Award for Superior Service, the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence (three times), and the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award.

He is an honorary lifetime and Hall of Fame member in the Texas Club Calf Association, lifetime member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Superintendent Hall of Fame honoree of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Boleman earned a bachelor's degree in 1968 and a doctorate in 1976, both in animal science, from Texas A&M.

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