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English Named Superintendent of Science Center

LAS CRUCES -- Mike English has been named superintendent of New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas. His appointment will include duties for both NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station.

English, an Extension entomologist, has been located at the center since May, working in urban pest management. He publishes a monthly newsletter for county Extension agents about current insect problems in the area. He also writes a biweekly column for the local newspaper.

"One of my primary goals is to build a relationship between the center and the community," English said. In October, more than 500 fifth-graders from Valencia County toured the center. The students enjoyed a cornfield maze, inspected seeds and identified insects. "We wanted to acquaint them with NMSU and production agriculture," he said.

English will coordinate joint efforts between the center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Materials Center (PMC). PMC personnel are located at the 200-acre center and conduct research with native plants for bosque and mine land reclamation. "We're also working with PMC to determine which native plants and grasses are best suited for landscape use," he said.

English, a Missouri native, came to NMSU in 1981 as Extension entomologist. He received a bachelor's degree in animal science and master's and doctoral degrees in economic entomology from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

He served as interim director of NMSU's Agricultural Communications from 1985 to 1986. In 1986, he was named Extension Plant Sciences department head -- a position he held for 11 years.
"I think that adding Extension and outreach projects to the center's existing research will prove beneficial," he said.