Logan Respess new Associate Director, Extension Leader at Texas Sea Grant

November 10, 2008

By Cindie Powell

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Logan Respess, a former Texas Sea Grant College Program marine agent with 10 years’ experience in two coastal Texas counties, today was named the program’s new Associate Director and Extension Program Leader.

“Logan brings extensive knowledge of not only Texas Sea Grant and AgriLife Extension, but also of issues facing the state,” said Dr. Robert Stickney, Texas Sea Grant Director. “I look forward to working with him as we move forward with meeting the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for our extension and outreach activities.”

Respess is scheduled to begin his new duties at the College Station program headquarters in mid-December.

“I’m honored to be working with such an excellent group of people as we address the changing needs of Texans and their coast,” Respess said. “I plan to meet individually with all our staff to discuss ways I can best provide them the resources they need as we transition our program to meet future challenges.”

Respess has been Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas AgriLife Extension Service for Travis County since August of this year. Previously, he was the Natural Resource Agent in Aransas County, a dual position with Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas Sea Grant, for more than six years, managing a large volunteer base and addressing issues related to coastal growth, economic development and nonpoint source pollution. He also served as the Marine Extension Agent in Matagorda County for almost four years and has worked as a contract research diver for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and as an engineering technician, contract field biologist and marine technician. He holds a bachelor of science degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University and a master of science in educational technology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The position of Texas Sea Grant’s Associate Director and Extension Program Leader became available with the sudden death in late January of Ralph Rayburn, who had held the position since 1999. Texas Sea Grant has established the Ralph Rayburn Texas Sea Grant Scholarship (http://texas-sea-grant.tamu.edu/scholarship.php) for deserving graduate students in oceanography.

Texas Sea Grant is a component of NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and a part of the College of Geosciences of Texas A&M University. It is one of a network of 32 university-based programs in coastal and Great Lakes states modeled after the Land Grant College concept. Texas Sea Grant funds research focused on coastal and marine issues, conducts community and industry outreach through six county-based extension agents and seven extension specialists, and operates a variety of other communication, outreach and education projects. 

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.