Atchley tabbed new head of Tarleton’s Agricultural and Consumer Sciences

New Department Head Announced

New Department Head Announced

Thursday, August 31, 2017

STEPHENVILLE, Texas— Dr. Wayne Atchley has been named the new department head for Agricultural and Consumer Sciences in Tarleton State University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Dean Steve Damron made the announcement recently, adding that Atchley’s dedication to agriculture, students, faculty and staff is an asset to his department, the college and the university.

“Dr. Atchley is committed to the success of everyone around him,” Damron said. “He is also committed to quality education and to extending Tarleton’s outreach to the broader community. I have every confidence that Dr. Atchley’s leadership will elevate his department and the college to new levels of excellence.”

Atchley came to Tarleton in 2005 to work in the Center for Agribusiness Excellence. Three years later he became director of Institutional Research and in 2012 he moved into the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, becoming assessment coordinator, then director of applied and experiential learning, assistant professor, and graduate program coordinator.

“I’m very honored,” Atchley said. “We’ve got a great team of faculty and I would put our students up against any other department.”

He is a 1995 graduate of Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film. His MBA came from TCU in 2003 and he earned his doctorate in education in 2010 through a joint program of Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

“I want to keep growing our ag education, ag communication, horticulture, agribusiness and industries options,” he said. “I also want to look for new ways to expand our course offerings to meet current and future needs of students and employers and introduce our students to hands-on experiences that make them more competitive in the workplace.”

Tarleton, celebrating 100 years as founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. As a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) with campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, leadership, excellence and service.


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A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.