Fraze named Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources' interim dean
The chairman of Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications has been selected for a top post within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Steve Fraze, a long-time professor and noted agricultural educator, will serve as the academic unit's interim dean and will be installed in his new post effective today (Aug. 1).
"I am confident that Dr. Fraze will sustain the excellence of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and effectively represent the college to the university community, alumni and its many external constituencies," said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. "I appreciate his willingness to take on this important position."
Fraze joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1988, and was named chairman of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications in 2008, and a full professor in 2004. He coordinated the department's student teaching block from 1989 to 2008.
"I am excited about the opportunity and challenges of serving CASNR and Texas Tech University in this role," said Fraze, who also holds the title of Shirley L. and LuCille Garrison Endowed Chair in Rural Youth Development (2012).
A native of Dora, New Mexico, Fraze earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College and a master's degree along with a teaching certificate from Texas Tech. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University.
He previously worked as a visiting instructor in Texas A&M University's Department of Agricultural Education, and a vocational agriculture teacher in New Home and Olton. He also served as a district engineer in the Dowell Division of Dow Chemical in Monahans.
Fraze was honored last year at the Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Conference with the group's Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award (2015). The group is dedicated to studying, applying, and promoting the teaching and learning processes in agriculture. Other recent honors for Fraze include National FFA 'VIP Citation' (2015); American Association for Agricultural Education Senior Fellow (2014); and served as president of the American Association for Agricultural Education (2015-2016).
In addition, he received the Gamma Sigma Delta Service to Agriculture Award (2005); election to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2003); Texas FFA Association Distinguished Service Award (2002); and the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas Distinguished Service Award (2000).
In June, Texas Tech announced the appointment of Michael Galyean, the former CASNR dean, as the university's new interim provost and senior vice president, effective Aug. 1. Galyean replaces Schovanec, who was announced earlier this month as the 17th president of the university beginning Aug. 1. Schovanec will convene a search committee, which will conduct a nationwide search for the next provost. Galyean will be allowed to be a candidate for the position if he desires.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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