AMARILLO – Brandon Dukes will be stepping up April 15 to assume new duties as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service District 1 administrator in Amarillo, according to Dr. Darrell Dromgoole, associate director for county programs in College Station.
Currently the 4-H and youth development specialist for the district, Dukes will fill the position that was vacated by Danny Nusser. Nusser was named AgriLife Extension North Region program director for agriculture, nature resources and 4-H and youth development, Dromgoole said.
“Brandon brings extensive experience to this position, having served as an AgriLife Extension agent in Roberts County and 4-H and youth development specialist in District 1,” he said.
“Brandon has distinguished himself throughout his career as an individual who truly embraces the mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,” Dromgoole said. “He is highly respected for his ability to work with people, his vision for program excellence and for his leadership.”
In the role of district administrator, Dukes is responsible for all administrative duties in the 22-county district. He will serve as the immediate supervisor to more than 40 agents in the areas of agricultural and natural resources, family and consumer sciences and 4-H and youth development.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 1 as the district administrator,” Dukes said. “I am looking forward to working with AgriLife county Extension agents, specialists and staff, along with county commissioners’ courts to ensure we continue to offer high quality programs in all 22 counties of the Panhandle.”
Dukes moved from his position in Roberts County in October 2011. He had served Roberts County as the AgriLife Extension agricultural and natural resources agent since 2002. A native of Allison, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and his master’s degree from West Texas A&M University.
Dukes has been recognized by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association with their communications award, outstanding youth program award, team newsletter award and crop production award. In 2010, he received AgriLife Extension’s Superior Service Award in the County AgriLife Extension Agent category.