Davis College’s Cindy Akers named to APLU-BAA Policy Board of Directors
By: Norman Martin
Cindy Akers, the Interim Dean of the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, has been elected to the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities Board on Agriculture Assembly's (BAA) Policy Board of Directors. The BAA is a unit of the APLU Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources. She will be representing APLU Non-Land-Grant Universities.
The purpose of the BAA is promotion of agriculture in all of its phases – food, environment, agriculture, natural resources and international – in state universities and land-grant colleges, along with the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, territories of the Pacific, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The BAA is comprised of five sections: academic programs, administrative heads, cooperative extension, experiment station, and international agriculture.
Akers has a strong history of professional service. She was named president of the Non-land-grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities (2019), and a Fellow in the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) in 2017. She is the past president of the AAAE-Western Region, and has served as chair of Texas Tech's Teaching Academy.
Honors include the AAAE-Western Region Distinguished Teaching Award (2011), Texas Tech's Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award (2005), Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2005), Texas Tech Parents Association's Hemphill-Wells New Professor of Excellence in Teaching Award (2004), and the Texas Tech Alumni Association Outstanding New Faculty Award (2004).
Akers received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary agriculture, master's degree in agricultural education, and doctorate in curriculum and instruction all from Texas Tech. The Estancia, New Mexico, native joined the Texas Tech faculty as an instructor in 1997, rising through the ranks to full professor in 2011.
CONTACT: Cindy Akers, Interim Dean, Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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