Johnson Takes Helm as Associate Dean for PVAMU College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

October 18, 2011

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – A new member of the leadership team has joined the Prairie View A&M University College of Agriculture and Human Sciences with the appointment of Dr. Alton B. Johnson, as Associate Dean. Dr. Johnson assumed the post on October 1.

“Prairie View A&M University has a rich history that continues to leave an indelible mark on young people,” said Johnson.  “I welcome the unique opportunity that our College has to enhance the economic opportunity, foster academic excellence and improve the health and well-being of individuals and families locally, nationally and internationally through the delivery of programs in the Agricultural and Life Sciences.”   

A native of Monrovia, Liberia, Johnson has a wealth of experience in management, administration and academia.  He most recently served as the interim assistant dean of research in the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences at Alcorn State University (ASU) in Mississippi. During his sixteen year career at Alcorn, he was also the interim research director, chief research officer, and associate professor of agriculture.

While at ASU, Johnson served as principal investigator or co-investigator in securing close to $5 million in federal funds to conduct natural resources work. Dr. Johnson was also the director of the Mississippi River Research Center that was established to conduct research and public service activities to aid in improving Mississippi water resources.

Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in General Agriculture from the University of Liberia in Monrovia, and a master’s in Agronomy with a concentration in Soil and Water Management and Conservation from Mississippi State University.    He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy with a concentration in Soil Physics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Johnson also received certification in Leadership for the 21st Century (LEAD21) administered by the Fanning Institute and a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership Excellence from the American Management Association.

“For my first 90 days on campus, I plan to do a lot of listening and visiting with faculty, staff and students in our College,” Johnson said. “I intend to do internal assessments and develop strategic alliances.  I find this to be a great opportunity to work in an environment where emphasis is placed on teaching, research and service.”


Nobles Named Cooperative Extension Associate Administrator

October 18, 2011

Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Dr. Carolyn J. Nobles is putting her knowledge of Extension outreach education to work as the new associate administrator for the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program.

Dr. Nobles previously served as Cooperative Extension’s interim associate administrator and program leader – Family and Consumer Sciences. Nobles experience in Texas’ land-grant university Extension programs started with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service where she served as a Home Economics county Extension agent in Gregg, Cass and San Jacinto counties. She was also the Home Economics county agent and Family and Consumer Sciences program leader in Brazos County prior to joining Prairie View Cooperative Extension in 1997.

“Helping people is my passion and being a servant leader is key to being successful in addressing the underserved”, said Nobles. “The Cooperative Extension Program gives me the opportunity to fulfill my passion every day because our mission is to provide quality and relevant educational programs to the underserved audiences in Texas.”

As associate administrator, Nobles provides executive leadership and direction for the Cooperative Extension Program headquarters staff on campus and county staff that are currently located in 24 counties statewide and expanding.  She also ensures that the educational programming for clientele in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H and Youth Development and Community and Economic Development remains relevant and effective.  

Nobles said that it is imperative that the Cooperative Extension staff engage individuals and families in making positive choices, taking responsibility and becoming effective leaders in their communities.”

“As associate administrator, I plan to lead by example in creating an environment that demonstrates the highest standards of performance and professionalism,” said Nobles.  “I believe that a leader is successful when they help others achieve, and I am dedicated to sharing leadership and cultivating others to perform with a real sense of excellence.”

A native of Palestine, Texas, Dr. Nobles received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M University in Home Economics Education and her Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Rukeia Draw-Hood Named Cooperative Extension 4-H Program Leader

October 13, 2011

Dr. Rukeia Draw-Hood Named Cooperative Extension 4-H Program Leader


PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Dr. Rukeia Draw-Hood has recently joined the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program as program leader for 4-H and Youth Development. 

 Her primary responsibilities include providing programmatic, fiscal   oversight and management to the 4-H program area and supervising  headquarters and county 4-H staffs.

“I am excited about engaging communities with diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to help increase our 4-H club enrollment as well as to expose youth from these backgrounds to traditional as well as innovative science and technology 4-H projects,” said Dr. Draw-Hood.

Dr. Draw-Hood brings to the program a wealth of experience as an Extension educator. She is formerly a district educator in 4-H Youth Development with Michigan State University where she directed the nation’s first urban 4-H Community Center. 

Dr. Draw-Hood also was the Mentoring Programs Coordinator for Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, Illinois where she provided volunteer recruitment and coordination services, case management for youth and their families, event planning, and facilitation of advisory boards.

Having always been an innovator, Dr. Draw-Hood received an achievement award from the Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff in 2009 for her work with local school systems and collaborative research with university faculty. She also served as Children’s Program Director for the Mohawk Public Housing Complex with Youth at Heart in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she taught life-skills, introduced service-learning and coordinated tutoring and field trips.

Dr. Draw-Hood has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Studies from Trinity International University.