LCU Board Chairman Named Texas A&M Distinguished Texan in AgricultureOct. 3, 2012
Long-time LCU board of trustee chairman Jerry Harris was named a 2012 Texas A&M University System Distinguished Texan in Agriculture.
The award recognizes and honors agricultural leaders in Texas who demonstrate outstanding leadership and provide significant contributions to Texas agriculture, said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences, Texas A&M University System.
“LCU has been and continues to be very blessed to have the leadership of Jerry Harris on our board,” said Dr. Ken Jones, Chancellor of LCU, “Jerry has a love for agriculture, but he also has a servant heart for Christian higher education which is evident by the years he has served our university and worked to further our mission.”
Harris lives in Lamesa and is a Dawson County native whose business interests include farming, ginning, warehousing, merchandising and equipment leasing. Through the years, he has achieved many high-ranking leadership positions in agriculture-related associations and within his community.
He has served on the LCU Board of Trustees since 1989 and served as chairman since 1998. Among his many other contributions, Harris spent 16 years as chair of the Texas State Committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in order to ensure consistent, equitable delivery of the agency’s farm program across all of Texas agriculture. Other honors Harris has received include the Distinguished Service Award from the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, Man of the Year Award from the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association and the Gerald W. Thomas Award from Texas Tech University.