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NMSU's Owens Named Distinguished Alumnus of Texas Tech

LAS CRUCES - John C. Owens, executive vice president of New Mexico State University, will be honored Feb. 21 as a distinguished alumnus of Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.


Owens was selected based on his contributions to society and the agricultural profession. He will receive a certificate and medallion during ceremonies at Texas Tech's Merket Alumni Center in Lubbock. Honorees must be alumni who earn recognition as leaders in their profession, inspire their contemporaries and demonstrate a continuing interest in fields outside agriculture.

Owens, NMSU's chief academic officer and No. 2 administrator, joined the NMSU faculty in 1977. He served as dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for 12 years.

He earned a doctorate in entomology from Iowa State University, a master's degree in entomology from Texas Tech and a bachelor's degree in biology from West Texas State University.

Owens serves as president for one of four regional divisions of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The 150- year-old association, which publishes the journal Science, is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society.

In 1995, Owens chaired the Board on Agriculture, a group representing all administrators and scientists from member institutions of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. The previous year, he chaired the Council of Administrative Heads of Agriculture, representing administrators from the nation's land-grant colleges.