COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Galen Chandler, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program coordinator for agricultural and natural resources in Amarillo, has been awarded a Superior Service Award for his distinguished career.
The award, the highest honor given by the agency, was presented Jan. 8 during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife conference in College Station. It is awarded to those who demonstrate outstanding performance or who provide exceptional service to AgriLife Extension, an educational outreach agency of the Texas A&M University System.
In his award nomination, Chandler was cited as “a gifted leader, communicator and educator who has devoted the past 32 years providing exemplary service as a county Extension agent, district Extension administrator and regional program director for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.”
Chandler currently serves as the North Region program coordinator, working with the agriculture and natural resources agents in District 1-Amarillo, District 2-Lubbock and District 3-Vernon.
He started his career in 1980 and served as an AgriLife Extension agent for 16 years in Atascosa, Comanche, Wise and Denton counties, providing leadership to agriculture and natural resources, 4‐H and youth development, and community and economic development. For the past 16 years, he has served in a leadership role as district administrator and regional program director. Chandler will retire as of Jan. 31.
“Dr. Chandler’s communication and motivational skills have allowed him to always provide quality programs for clientele in Texas,” said Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo, in his letter of support. “Those skills along with his leadership abilities and vision helped motivate agents to program toward the most important needs of clientele.
“He has earned respect from agents, administrators and clientele because of his ability to recognize issues and provide the ideas and programs necessary to educate toward those needs. Galen has made a tremendous impact on Texans across the state. His career accomplishments have created high expectations for current and future employees because of the example he provided during the past 32 years.”
Nusser said Chandler is committed to working with agents so they have a clear understanding of expectations for creating quality educational programs within the counties that addressed key issues.
The nomination stated as a district Extension director, Chandler was instrumental in developing the first District County Judges and Commissioners Conference as a means to bring local elected officials to the district center, and to utilize agents and key resource people to interpret the value of AgriLife Extension programs to district clientele.
In addition to showcasing AgriLife Extension programs, the conferences also provided participants the opportunity to receive educational credits toward their elected official certification, the nomiation stated. The conferences have developed a strong working relationship with the Texas Association of Counties and the VG Young Institute.
Since Chandler implemented the first conference at Vernon in 1996, it has grown to one of the largest conferences in the state and is now the pattern for conferences in all 12 AgriLife Extension districts. Thenomination states the conferences have been effective in reaching county commissioners courts and involving state legislators who hear about Extension programing and present state legislative updates to the judges and commissioners.
The nomination goes on to say Chandler has been instrumental in working with key resource people and specialists in providing agents with timely and relevant trainings on a regional basis for addressing cotton, beef cattle, small grains, range and wildlife and small landowners. He developed model plans for cotton, beef, horticulture, water conservation, emergency management, and community resource and economic development.
In addition, Chandler has partnered with agents and stakeholders on a regional basis to plan and implement successful educational events for clientele, including the Livestock Mentor Program, Southwest Dairy Day and the Texas 4‐H Golf Challenge.