COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jaroy Moore, Texas A&M AgriLife Research resident director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, has been presented a Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in the Administration category.
The Vice Chancellor’s Award is the highest employee award given by Texas A&M AgriLife. Established in 1980, the awards program recognizes the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across the Texas A&M AgriLife agencies.
Moore received the award Jan. 9 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Centennial Conference held on the Texas A&M campus in College Station.
“Dr. Moore has a special ability to create a fair working environment and to inspire his entire staff for maximum productivity,” said Dr. Megha Parajulee, AgriLife Research entomologist at Lubbock, in his nomination of Moore on behalf of the center’s faculty and staff.
“Dr. Moore directs research from the largest AgriLife Research and Extension center in the state serving the most intensive agricultural production region in Texas. His highly effective interpersonal skills, commitment to teamwork/collaboration, and passion for being responsive to the interests and needs of South Plains agriculture provide a very positive image for Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas agriculture. Dr. Moore has proven to be innovative, a consensus-builder, and a thorough and highly respected leader.”
Moore oversees programs of 27 AgriLife Research scientists and 63 support personnel with an annual budget of $8.1 million, according to Parajulee. During the last 15 years, his leadership has resulted in a 200 percent growth in extramural funding by the Lubbock center faculty.
Moore’s leadership also brought a new and evolving bioenergy program to the AgriLife Research Station at Pecos, which he also oversees.
“Dr. Moore has proven to be truly an outstanding administrator and professional who has consistently demonstrated his leadership to bringing together research and Extension professionals, commodity groups, other clientele and legislatures to solve practical problems faced by a diverse group of stakeholders,” Parajulee said. “He is highly respected by local, state and national commodity groups and has been instrumental to ensure that Texas A&M AgriLife Research fulfills its mission to serve the citizens of Texas.”
Moore has been in AgriLife Research administrative positions for 36 years – 18 years as superintendent of the AgriLife Research Station at Pecos, three years as the resident director of research at El Paso and 15 years at Lubbock.
Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and master’s and doctoral degrees in soil physics, all from Texas A&M University.