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Daugherty Tapped as Associate Dean of NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station

LAS CRUCES - Longtime New Mexico State University educator and administrator LeRoy Daugherty has been appointed associate dean and associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

New Mexico State University educator and administrator LeRoy Daugherty has been appointed associate dean and associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. (09/30/2002) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

Daugherty, who joined NMSU in 1975, has served as associate director of the Experiment Station since 1997. The Agricultural Experiment Station is a specialized group of scientists who work at facilities on the main campus in Las Cruces and at 12 agricultural science and research centers located throughout the state. Off-campus agricultural science centers are located near Alcalde, Artesia, Clayton, Clovis, Corona, Farmington, Las Cruces, Los Lunas, Mora and Tucumcari.

"I'm pleased to work with the strong researchers we have in the college and to serve production agriculture in New Mexico," Daugherty said.

"LeRoy brings a total professional commitment. He is strongly committed to the research of this important group of scientists," said Jerry Schickedanz, dean of NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics. "These scientific areas are extremely important to all of us as we broaden the college's mission of service to the people of New Mexico."

Daugherty came to NMSU in 1975 as an assistant professor of soil science. Starting in 1982, he served as associate professor for eight years. In addition, Daugherty was acting department head of the crop and soil science department from 1984 to 1986 and department head of agronomy and horticulture from 1986 to 1997. In 1998, he was the acting head of NMSU's fishery and wildlife sciences department.

In his quarter century with NMSU, Daugherty has seen significant research growth. "There's a much stronger research emphasis on the part of the faculty in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics compared to what it was in 1975, especially in the laboratory component," he said.

"Now, we have nationally competitive scientists, who have large interdisciplinary programs funded from agencies that include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy," he said.

Prior to joining NMSU, Daugherty served as a soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service in Maysville, Mo. He received his bachelor's degree in agronomy from the University of Missouri, and earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University in agronomy.

Daugherty, a native of Scottsbluff, Neb., is currently chairman of the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. He previously served as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Review Team. He is a certified professional soil scientist and has served as chairman of the Soil Science Society of America's pedology division.

Looking ahead, Daugherty said water would remain a huge issue for all New Mexicans, including those in agriculture. "In a drought year like we've had this past year, the whole citizenry realizes that's it's an important issue. Everything we do from plant breeding to stress resistance, from new irrigation techniques to examining endangered species issues will take on greater urgency," he said.s