Texas A&M AgriLife honors McClish with Vice Chancellor’s Award

COLLEGE STATION – Coretta McClish, a senior office associate at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Amarillo, was recognized with the 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for office and administrative staff.

Coretta McClish

The honor was presented Jan. 8 during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station. The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence were established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife and provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those honored.

McClish, who currently serves as point of contact for Dr. John Sweeten, resident director at both the Amarillo and Vernon centers, has worked for Texas A&M AgriLife Research since June 2004. She previously worked for 20 years at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

“Coretta is frequently the voice and image of our center as she works closely with the staff of agricultural commodity groups, state legislative representatives, Texas A&M AgriLife administrators, department heads and faculty in College Station and regional centers and the Council of Resident Directors,” Sweeten said in the nomination form.

She serves as the secretary/meeting organizer for the Cooperative Research, Education and Extension Team, or CREET, administrative council; commodity groups such as the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas Com Producers Board, Texas Wheat Producers Board and the Small Grains Advisory Committee; the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium; the Consortium for Cattle Feeding and Environmental Sciences, and the multi-state Federal Air Quality team.

These groups include personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory; West Texas A&M University; multiple agencies and universities in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas; other AgriLife centers across Texas and departments on the Texas A&M campus; and stakeholders.

McClish’s greatest strengths include organizing and arranging meetings with large groups, pulling together the schedules of all the participants, arranging hotels, meeting rooms, visuals and other accommodations, the nomination stated.

“Her credibility with staff in AgriLife administrative offices and CREET leaders is outstanding,” Sweeten said in the nomination. “The faculty and staff continuously compliment her excellent abilities in pulling all the excruciating details together when working with outside teams and making us look good.”

In March 2007, McClish received the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station-Amarillo Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award. In May 2012, she received the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Multi-Agency Team Excellence award.

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