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Three semi-finalists for the position of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Director have been named. They are Jim A. Davis, John W. “Bill” May Jr. and Robert L. “Lanny” Smith. A seven-member search advisory committee comprised of Texas A&M University System representatives selected the semi-finalists.

The director will succeed Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, who was named to the position of vice chancellor for engineering, dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. Tom Morley is currently serving as TEEX interim director.

Personal interviews in College Station were conducted with each of the three candidates from April 14 -18. Town Hall meetings were held with each of the candidates so TEEX employees would have an opportunity to visit with the candidates and provide feedback to the search advisory committee.

Davis is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and serves as deputy director of the USAF Counterproliferation Center and a professor at the Air War College. Davis earned a bachelor of science degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M University and a master of public health and doctorate of occupational health at the University of Texas.

May is the director of the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, a component of TEEX. Retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army, May earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree in nuclear physics from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in business administration from Long Island University and is licensed as a professional engineer.

Smith is a colonel in the U.S. Army and chief of staff/deputy commandant, U.S. Corps of Cadets. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree in European history from University of North Carolina, a master’s degree in national security and strategy from the Naval War College and a master’s degree in business management from Salve Regina University.

Following the interviews and TEEX employee feedback, the search committee will submit input about the candidates to Texas A&M University System Chancellor Howard Graves, who will present his recommendation to the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents may interview these and possibly other candidates, and will select the new TEEX director.

Dr. Charles Scifres of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station is the chair of the search advisory committee. Other members are TEEX Division Heads Jackie Gorman and Gary Sera, and TEEX Associate Director Sue Shahan, along with Don Hoffman of Brenham, Dr. Dallas Little of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, and Dr. Lee Peddicord, associate vice chancellor for federal relations with The Texas A&M University System.

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