Gonzales, Mazurkiewicz honored with Regents Fellow Service Awards

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – George Gonzales and Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz have received Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow awards.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently designated 11 professors and seven fellows within the system as Regents Professor or Regents Fellow for 2011-12.

“We have so many outstanding people working for the A&M System and these awards are a way to honor the special men and women for all that they do for the people of Texas,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the A&M System. “Some of these recipients are researchers, some are teachers and all are examples of the innovations and excellence that makes the A&M System so special.”

Both Gonzales and Mazurkiewicz will be receiving the award at a reception and dinner hosted by the Texas A&M Board of Regents Jan. 30 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Gonzales began his career in 1980 as a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service assistant agent in Bee County. He became the AgriLife Extension agent in Webb County in 1984. With 11 AgriLife Extension specialists, he has co-authored 63 research demonstration reports. He has earned the highest rank for an AgriLife Extension Service agent and serves as county coordinator in Webb County. For many years, Gonzales has helped to train and instill the highest standards in other AgriLife Extension agents, who have moved on to serve across the state and at every level of the organization.

Mazurkiewicz is director of Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program. TALL is a two-year leadership development program for adult professionals involved in Texas agriculture. According to program administrators, it creates a cadre of Texas leaders to help foster understanding and encourages positive action on key issues, theories, policy and economics to advance the agriculture industry.

As leadership program director for AgriLife Extension, Mazurkiewicz has been responsible for the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition – Leadership Extension programs since 1998. He previously served as an AgriLife Extension agent for 20 years in Guadalupe, Knox, Ector and Brazos counties.

Mazurkiewicz earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University and his master’s from Texas Tech University.

To date, 166 A&M System faculty members have been recognized with the Regents Professor Award and 96 agency professionals have received the Regents Fellow Service Award.

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