Thompson selected as associate dean, director of NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences announced that David Thompson has been appointed to the role of associate dean and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

Dean Lowell Catlett made the announcement Monday afternoon.

"Dave is not only an award-winning teacher, but an accomplished scientist who has worked throughout New Mexico," Catlett said. "He knows New Mexico and will make a great director."

Thompson has been the department head of and a professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science since July 2007. He has been with NMSU since 1987 when he joined the department as a college assistant professor.

"I'm excited to have been chosen for this position," Thompson said. "It was very humbling to be selected from the group of candidates considered for the role of AES director."

Thompson said he is a big believer in the role ACES plays in research at the Las Cruces campus and at the science centers around the state to help producers get the information they need to be successful. The Agricultural Experiment Station at NMSU comprises a dynamic group of faculty and staff representing diverse disciplines ranging from livestock and crop production and economics to food science and restaurant management.

Thompson, who starts in his new position Aug. 1, said his first order of business is to go out and visit the different research programs.

"I want to spend time visiting all the departments in the college and agricultural science centers and find out what it is the faculty and staff think we are doing well and what things we can do better, including getting a fresh perspective from the different agricultural and consumer groups around the state," he said. "I welcome the opportunity to promote and facilitate the good things we are doing in the Agricultural Experiment Station for the college, university and region."

Thompson earned both his bachelor's and doctorate degree in entomology at Colorado State University. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003 from ACES. Thompson also received the Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000, the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Award of Merit in 1999, and the Outstanding Faculty Member award with Chicano Programs in 1999 from NMSU.

His research focuses on rangeland entomology, with a concentration on the biological control of rangeland and riparian weeds.

Thompson was selected after an extensive search chaired by Jon Boren, associate dean and director of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Station.

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