COLLEGE STATION Jason Cook has been named director of communications and marketing for Texas A&M Agriculture, effective April 16.
“Mr. Cook will provide leadership to our office of agricultural communications, direct efforts to maintain and enhance a positive public image for our programs, enhance our identity, and create greater awareness of our accomplishments, new discoveries, and educational programs to the people of Texas and across the globe,” said Dr. Elsa Murano, Texas A&M University System vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences.
Cook will coordinate communications efforts for three system components the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Texas Cooperative Extension, directly reporting to Murano.
“This is an exciting opportunity as Texas A&M Agriculture significantly impacts the state in so many areas,” Cook said. “I am looking forward to spreading this message to prospective students, alumni, elected officials, research partners and the citizens of Texas.”
Cook has been director of public relations and marketing for the Texas Engineering Extension Service, also part of the Texas A&M University System, since October 2003.
He began his career as athletic media relations assistant for Mississippi State University in 1991 after earning a bachelor’s degree in communications there. He was an account executive for Craftsman Printing from 1995-1997, and then was named assistant vice president for media and communications at HealthSouth Corp. in Birmingham, Ala., from 1997-2003.
Agricultural communications is an almost 60-year-old unit that handles the news, marketing, publications, video and printing needs of Texas A&M Agriculture. It is based in College Station and has some 40 professionals, located at the headquarters and in 10 locations around Texas.