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Newly Reorganized Texas A&M System Board Of Regents Names Leaders And A Sole Finalist For AgriLife Extension Service

A special meeting of the Texas A&M system board of regents on Friday named leaders of the newly reorganized governing body.

The regent’s new chair is Elaine Mendoza of San Antonio. She is in her eighth year on the board. The new vice chair is Tim Leach of Midland, who is in his second year. This was the first meeting of new board members Jay Graham and Michael Plank of Houston and Mike Hernandez of Fort Worth.

Regents also chose a sole finalist for the system’s AgriLife Extension Service. Dr. Jeff Hyde is currently serving as acting associate dean and director of Penn State Extension, providing oversight of extension programs, operations and external relations. He also serves as a professor of agricultural economics.

News release from the Texas A&M system:

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Friday elected Elaine Mendoza ’87 to serve as board chairman and chose Tim Leach ‘82 as vice chairman. The board also welcomed three new Regents.

Mendoza is the second woman and the first Hispanic to serve as Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Texas A&M System.

“Elaine Mendoza is a distinguished alumna of Texas A&M whose professional achievements in science and healthcare, as well as her service to her community, truly embody what it means to be an Aggie,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “I extend my congratulations to Elaine, applaud the Board of Regents on their decision, and I look forward to continuing to work together to take Texas’ higher education system to even greater heights.”

Mendoza is founder, president, and CEO of Conceptual MindWorks Inc., a biotechnology and medical informatics company in San Antonio. She was first appointed to the Board of Regents by
Governor Rick Perry ’72 in 2011 and reappointed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mendoza, whose term as a Regent expires 2023, was elected to a two-year term as chairman, replacing former Chairman Charles W. Schwartz.

“I am grateful to Governor Abbott for my reappointment to the board in 2017 and am most appreciative of my colleagues for their support and vote of confidence,” Chairman Mendoza said.

“Serving the Texas A&M System as a Regent is an honor and a great responsibility. I know our Board will continue the legacy of always putting the interest of our students, faculty and the state of Texas first.”

Leach of Midland, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, has been Chairman and CEO of Concho Resources Inc. since it was formed in 2004. He was appointed as a member of the Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott in 2017.

The board also welcomed new Regents who are taking the place of Schwartz, Tony Buzbee and Morris Foster.

Appointed by Governor Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate, the new regents are Jay Graham, Mike Hernandez and Michael J. Plank. Their terms are set to expire on Feb. 1, 2025.

Jay Graham of Houston is chairman and CEO of Spur Energy Partners.

Mike Hernandez of Fort Worth is owner and CEO of D&M Leasing, and owner and dealer principal of Four Stars Ford, Four Stars Chevrolet Buick, Four Stars Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, and Four Stars Toyota.

Michael J. Plank of Houston is chairman and CEO of The Plank Companies, Inc. and three affiliated companies; National Property Holdings, Rail Logix and Speed Shore Corporation.

Photo of Jeff Hyde from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

News release from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension:

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Friday named Dr. Jeff Hyde sole finalist as director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Hyde is currently serving as acting associate dean and director of Penn State Extension, providing oversight of extension programs, operations and external relations. He also serves as a professor of agricultural economics.

Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists at least 21 days before making an appointment. The Board of Regents will meet again at a future date to make the final appointment. Hyde is expected to start Sept. 1.

“Dr. Hyde’s expertise in combining face-to-face engagement with newer technologies to expand reach and access to science education, as well as his leadership and vision for the future of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, will be instrumental as we build on the agency’s legacy of serving all Texans,” said Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M AgriLife and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. “I am delighted Dr. Hyde has agreed to serve in this important role, and I am honored to welcome him to Texas A&M.”

Hyde has an extensive background in extension education at Penn State, serving as associate director for programs and assistant director of special program initiatives supporting digital delivery of educational and information content.

His extension programs have focused on helping farm businesses with core emphasis on business planning, marketing and human resource management. Hyde also led training of county-based extension educators and business managers utilizing e-learning methods.

He has also served as associate department head for agricultural economics, sociology and education at Penn State as well as serving in leadership roles for administrative and leadership professional development programs.

Hyde said he is enthusiastic about helping lead programming to benefit more than 29 million Texans.

“Throughout the interview process, I learned more about the agency’s breadth of programs and audiences, covering rural and urban areas,” he said. “As I spoke with people throughout the interview process, I became increasingly comfortable with my fit within the agency and the structure of the Texas A&M System.

“I have been impressed with the individuals in leadership within the Vice Chancellor for Agriculture’s office, including Dr. Stover, whose vision for integrating research and extension to benefit all Texans is incredibly compelling. I appreciate the passion and vision that exists in at AgriLife. I’m looking forward to establishing a strategic plan and vision for AgriLife Extension that supports its traditional audiences and allows us to spread our impacts to all Texans.”

Hyde earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Frostburg State University. He also earned an associate of arts degree in business administration from Allegany Community College.

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