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NMSU Black Programs presents lecture on agricultural science

As part of February's Black History Month, New Mexico State University's Black Programs will host Marcus D. Tillery who will speak about "Minority Farmers' Role in Today's Economy," at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium.


Tillery, who is the dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State University, will lecture on the importance of agricultural science and technology in today's society. He also will speak on the declining enrollment of students in agriculture programs, especially minorities.

His lecture will be shown live over a Web connection through the College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Cooperative Extension Service.

Tillery received his doctorate in industrial education and technology and a master's degree in industrial technology from Iowa State University. He received his bachelor's degree in industrial technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Tillery spent much of his career at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C., where he developed and implemented a motor sports curriculum, equipment and facilities. The Interdisciplinary Motorsports Program, which included the Interdisciplinary Motorsports Center and Pit Crew Certification Program, is an academic partnership with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), Ford Motor Company and United Auto Workers-General Motors (UAW/GM).