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Fowler to Head Two NMSU Science Centers

LAS CRUCES -- James Fowler, a professor of agronomy and horticulture at New Mexico State University, took over this month as superintendent of both the Fabian Garcia Research Center and the Leyendecker Plant Science Center in Las Cruces.

At Fabian Garcia, Fowler replaces Rich Phillips, who is in Chile on an international assignment. At Leyendecker, he replaces Charles Hawkins, who retired recently after nearly 30 years with NMSU.

Research at Fabian Garcia focuses on vegetable and horticultural crops, as well as tree crops. Leyendecker, however, has primarily been an agronomic research unit, dealing with field crops such as alfalfa and cotton.

Fowler, a crop physiologist, has been with NMSU since 1971. His own research has concentrated on cotton management and recently new crops like guayule and lesquerella.

Hawkins began with NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in 1967 as a farm foreman. Two years ago he became superintendent. "I've liked working here," Hawkins said. "The university has been good to me."

Hawking said he is proud to have helped design some of the buildings at Leyendecker and to have worked with so many important researchers over the years.

"It's time to move on, to retire, and enjoy myself," he said.