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Chris Townsend, Ph.D., and Joe Townsend, Ph.D., affectionately known as Dr. Chris and Dr. Joe, are honored with a new endowed chair in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo) New endowed chair established honoring leadership legacies of Dr. Joe Townsend ’67 and Dr. Chris Townsend For more than 30 years, “Dr. Joe” served as Texas A&M associate vice president for student development and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences associate dean for student development. Dr. Joe taught many courses and is remembered by thousands for his instruction in AGRI 101. “Dr. Chris” taught in two departments: the Department of Horticultural Sciences and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. Students remember her as their professor for courses as diverse as Floral Design and Leadership Theory. To this day, hundreds of former students and industry stakeholders fondly look back at their time at Texas A&M and attribute much of their successes to the Townsends’ mentorship and support. Unfortunately, Dr. Joe Townsend passed away in July 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. “Joe wanted all types of students to grow into leaders,” said Chris Townsend, who met her husband when both were graduate...

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