Williams receives Man of the Year award from Ag. Agents Association

During its annual meeting held at The Woodlands on July 31, the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association presented Dr. Randall H. Williams with the Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture Award for his dedication in preparing, placing and assisting the young and future leaders of the agricultural industry.

The Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture Award has been presented annually by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association for the past 45 years.

The members, directors and officers of the association are privileged to bestow this award to individuals in recognition of their outstanding leadership in agriculture, agribusiness and their support of the educational program efforts of the County Extension Agents in Texas.

Williams is a Professor of Agricultural Sciences at Texas A&M University in Kingsville. He began his professional career in 1975 as an instructor for Vocational Agriculture, Co-operative Education and Feedlot Pre-employment at Pampa High School.

From 1977 to 1979, he taught Vocational Agriculture at Caprock High School in Amarillo. He then worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Agriculture Education from 1979 to 1981 while obtaining his doctors degree.

He returned to his hometown of Shamrock, Texas, in 1981 and helped with his familyís ranching operation for a year.

In 1982 he was employed by Vernon Regional Junior College as Department Chairman of Agriculture and Technology, Instructor of Agricultural Sciences and Farm and Ranch Management Courses and served as their farm manager as well.

In 1990, Dr. Williams moved to Kingsville to work at then Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M University - Kingsville, and served as associate professor for eight years until his promotion to professor in 1998.

As a professor, Dr. Williams has been instrumental as a teacher and advisor to many agricultural students in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

His emphasis on academics is unparalleled, as he strives and encourages his students to perform to the best of their ability. He assists his students in job placement, career development and serves as a mentor to many young agricultural leaders.

In 2002, Dr. Williams played a critical role in establishing written guidelines for a reduction in tuition for county extension agents seeking their Masterís Degree at Texas A&M University in Kingsville.

On Nov. 11, 1994, Dr. Williams was recognized by the National FFA Organization, presenting him with the Honorary American FFA Degree, which is the highest award in that organization.

In 1993, the Texas FFA Association awarded him their Distinguished Service Award.

Along with many other faculty achievement awards, his most current honor is receiving the 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by the Javelina Alumni Association at Texas A&M University - Kingsville.

Dr. Williams was introduced by his former student Rogelio Mercado, who is now the County Extension Agent for Agriculture in Jim Wells County.