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Success Center Update; Conner tapped as Coordinator of Student Programs

Success Center Update; Conner tapped as Coordinator of Student Programs

Whitney Conner, an expert in youth development and agricultural education, has been named Coordinator of Student Programs with Texas Tech University’s Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center. She officially stepped into her new post with Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources on Wednesday (Oct. 24).

“Whitney treats everyone with kindness and compassion,” said Cindy Akers, CASNR’s Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs. “She really does care about our students.”

Conner added, “I’m thrilled by this challenge. I look forward to the opportunity of working with students on a daily basis, as well as advising one of program’s student organizations.”

She has on-the-ground experience in recruiting for CASNR, having worked as a CASNR Agricultural Ambassador and Agri-Techsan; as well as serving as co-editor of CASNR’s “The Agriculturist,” a self-published student magazine.

Prior to joining the Texas Tech staff, Conner served as a public relations-account executive with Dairy MAX, a non-profit dairy council representing dairy farm families in southwest Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. She also worked as an AmeriCorps grant coordinator with the University of South Dakota’s Center for Academic Engagement, and a graduate research assistant with Purdue University’s Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

Conner received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech, and her master’s degree in youth development and agricultural education from Purdue University. Her early experience includes serving as a State FFA Officer in Colorado, as well as communications intern with the National Sorghum Producers in Lubbock.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work for my alma mater, and support its goals and vision,” Conner said.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Cindy Akers, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or cindy.akers@ttu.edu

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