Texas Sea Grant welcomes new Extension Program Leader

February 23, 2017

By Tiffany Evans

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Kevin Andrews, a former Extension Specialist in Organizational Development with the Texas A&M AgriLife Service, is the new Extension Program Leader for the Texas Sea Grant College Program.

“I am pleased to add Mr. Andrews’ experience in extension to our program as the leader of our extension team,” said Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Director of Texas Sea Grant. “His help will be invaluable as we continue to build on our solid foundation of integrated research and extension to build resilient Texas coastal communities and economies.”

Texas A&M University’s Texas Sea Grant is part of a national network of state-based programs modeled on the cooperative extension model. Andrews will coordinate the activities of the Texas Sea Grant Extension Program, supervise the six county coastal and marine resource agents and nine specialists on the extension team, and serve as a member of the Texas Sea Grant management team. Texas Sea Grant’s agents and specialists conduct outreach, education and extension programming to support coastal and marine industries and communities and the people of Texas.

“The extension model is, without a doubt, one of the best American inventions,” Andrews said. “A great university like Texas A&M exists to serve the public, and we are able to improve lives through research-based, relevant and unbiased educational programs and technical assistance. We provide an important link between the university and the people, and we make a difference.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead some of the most talented and innovative extension professionals in the nation. The Texas Sea Grant Extension Program has a tremendous impact on the citizens and communities of the Texas coast, and that is why I am so excited to be a part of this team.”

While working with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Andrews’ duties focused on evaluation and accountability, general program and staff development, and community development. He is currently teaching an undergraduate extension methods course for the TAMU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that is similar to one he taught previously at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

Andrews holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Business and Technology from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Master of Education in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications from the College Station campus. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same area. His professional memberships include extension associations including the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals and the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals.

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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.