Davis College Advisory Board welcomes Mackenzie Allison as new member
By: Norman Martin
Mackenzie Allison, an experienced agricultural science teacher from Klondike, has been tapped to join Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources' Advisory Board, Texas Tech University officials announced this month.
“Our department is thrilled to have Mackenzie representing us on the board,” said Scott Burris, chair of Tech's Department of Agricultural Education & Communications. “Her family's rich tradition with our department, combined with her experience and connection with our field, make her an ideal representative.”
Allison received a bachelor's degree (2010) and master's degree (2012) in agricultural communications from Texas Tech. She teaches agricultural science at Klondike High School, where she has coached six state champion teams and three national champion teams in FFA Milk Quality and Greenhand Chapter Conducting. She serves on the state FFA LDE Committee and the state FFA Public Speaking Committee.
Her students have earned multiple $20,000 scholarships through Texas FFA and have served as district and area officers. Allison serves as teacher president of the Mesa FFA District. During her time at Texas Tech, Allison served as president of the department's Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter and was the banner bearer at graduation for the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.
Allison has a long history with Davis College's agricultural education and communications community. Both her brother, Mitchell Gregory (Interdisciplinary Agriculture '16) and sister Jordan Moore (Agricultural Communications '11) graduated from the program, while her father Todd Gregory received a bachelor's degree in agricultural education (1985), and a master's degree in agricultural education (1986). He was presented with a ‘Davis College Distinguished Alumni Award' earlier this year.
Davis College Dean Clint Krehbiel explained that the Davis College Advisory Board is comprised of 24 members who represent the college's seven departments, along with the college's development and alumni relations office. While members come from varied backgrounds, all share a desire to serve the college and to further the aims and goals of the departments, he said. This, in turn, is expected to improve the resources available to Davis College and its students.
The next scheduled meeting of the advisory board is set for Thursday (Aug. 17) at the Texas Tech Dairy Barn. The session coincides with the Davis College Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony later that evening at the McKenzie Merket Alumni Center. The advisory board agenda calls for a state of the college presentation from Krehbiel, as well as panel discussions on ‘Emerging Issues Facing Agriculture & Natural Resources;' along with presentations on ‘Davis College Priorities for Research, Outreach & Engagement;' and ‘Davis College Priorities for Teaching, Workforce & Wellness.'
Other members serving on the Davis College Advisory Board are:
- Tim Bargainer of Austin
- Brent Bean of Lubbock
- Bryan Bernhard of Lubbock
- Patrick Brewer of Austin
- David Brimager of New Braunfels
- Kevin Brinkley of Lubbock
- David Buckmeier of Mountain Home
- Dwain Bunting of Lubbock
- Ashley Cash of Lubbock
- Monty Christian of Lubbock
- Sam Cunningham of Amarillo
- John Duff of Lubbock
- Carol Faulkenberry of Amarillo
- Ben Holland of Canyon
- Jarrod Miller of Lubbock
- Dusty Moore of Abernathy
- Brandie Mustian of Weatherford
- Kayla Robinson of Lubbock
- Dane Swinburn of Lubbock
- John Van de Pol of Amherst
- Shawn Wade of Lubbock
- Kim Wolf of San Antonio
CONTACT: Clint Krehbiel, Dean, Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or Clint.Krehbiel@ttu.edu
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