SAN ANGELO – Garry Branham, Texas AgriLife Extension Service 4-H and youth development agent in Tom Green County, is changing jobs, but he won’t be moving far.
Effective Aug. 6, Branham will start his new duties as the AgriLife Extension 4-H and youth development specialist for the West Central District, headquartered in San Angelo, said Dr. Chris Boleman, associate director for 4-H and youth development at College Station.
“I’m very pleased to be making this announcement,” Boleman said. “Garry has a real passion for 4-H work. He literally has a lifetime of 4-H experience. He and his family were very active in 4-H in Tom Green County during his formative years, and ironically, that’s the same program he has led since 2005.
“Under his direction, he’s been able to grow the various clubs and school enrichment activities into one of the strongest county 4-H units in the state. I have every confidence that he will do similar good work in his new position as he plans and oversees 4-H efforts and serves as a resource person for AgriLife Extension agents across the district’s 23 counties.”
Branham will be moving from the AgriLife Extension office in the Tom Green County Edd B. Keyes Annex in downtown San Angelo to the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center located north of town on U.S. Highway 87.
Branham earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Angelo State University.
He began his AgriLife Extension career in 2002 and served as the 4-H and youth development agent in Hill and Johnson counties before returning to his hometown.
Branham has had numerous leadership assignments and special recognitions throughout his career, most notably serving as state president of his professional group, the Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents in 2008. He also is a recipient of the 2010 Texas 4-H Meritorious Service Award and the 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award presented by the Texas Extension Specialists Association.
Branham has served on numerous local, district and state-level committees at all of his AgriLife Extension posts.
He fills the position formerly held by Dr. Charla Bading, who is transferring within the agency to become the AgriLife Extension agent for family and consumer sciences in Guadalupe County effective Aug. 1.