Department of Plant and Soil Science Chairman named Horn Professor
A Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' professor was designated a Horn Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member can receive from the university, by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents during its latest meeting (Feb. 26). Eric Hequet, an internationally-recognized leader in cotton fiber research and the current chairman of the university's Department of Plant and Soil Science, received the honor.
"Eric Hequet has done remarkable work in helping developing and understanding the various measurements of cotton fiber properties and their contaminants," said Michael Galyean, who is also a Horn Professor and Dean of Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "We are thrilled the university has chosen to honor him."
Established in 1966, the designation is named after Paul Horn, the first president of Texas Tech. The professorship recognizes scholarly achievement and outstanding service to Texas Tech. Of the 86 members recognized as Horn Professors, 32 are still on the faculty.
"This is the highest honor bestowed on our faculty and I am proud of their scholarship, leadership and education of our students," said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech Provost and Senior Vice President. "It's a reflection of their national and international reputations as scholars."
In the past, the multi-lingual Hequet has focused his efforts on collaborative research with the cotton breeding and cotton biotechnology community to develop improved properties in cotton fibers.
Hequet joined Texas Tech's faculty in 1997, after serving in a variety of research positions including head of the Cotton Program and head of the Cotton Technology Laboratory at CIRAD-CA in Montpellier, France. CIRAD is the International Center for Agronomic Research and Development headquartered in Paris, France. Prior to that, he was head of the Bebedjia Agronomic Research Station and head of the Cotton Breeding Program and head of the Cotton Technology Laboratory for IRCT (part of CIRAD) in Bebedjia, Chad.
Hequet earned a Diploma of Higher Education in chemistry-physiology from Orsay, Paris XI; a Master of Sciences in genetics from Orsay, Paris XI; and a Diploma of Applied Advanced Studies in plants genetics from Orsay, Paris XI. His doctorate in engineering sciences is from the Universite de Haute Alsace (France).
Other Horn Professors from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources include Galyean, as well as:
- Thomas Knight, 2012, Tech's Emabeth Thompson Professor of Risk Management in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Warren Ballard, 2008, Bricker Chair in Wildlife Management; Department of Natural Resources Management
- Vivien Allen, 2005, Thornton Distinguished Professor of Forages; Department of Plant and Soil Science
- Henry Nguyen, 1997, Professor of Plant Genetics; Department of Plant and Soil Science
- Rodney Preston, 1994, Thornton Endowed Chair; Department of Animal and Food sciences
- Eric Bolen, 1981, Professor of Waterfowl Ecology and Management; Department of Natural Resources Management
- Henry Wright, 1978, Professor of Fire Ecology; Department of Natural Resources Management
- Harold Dregne, 1972, Professor of Agronomy; Department of Plant and Soil Science
- Willard Williams, 1968, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Elo Urbanovsky, 1967, Professor of Horticulture and Park Management; Department of Landscape Architecture
Written by Norman Martin
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