WTAMU's Ty Lawrence named Engler Endowed Professor in Animal Science


The Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at West Texas A&M University has announced the appointment of its first Paul Engler Endowed Professorship in Animal Science for the fall of 2018.

Dr. Ty E. Lawrence, professor of animal science and director of the Beef Carcass Research Center, has been named the Paul Engler Endowed Professor of Animal Science. Established in 2018 by a gift from The Paul Engler Foundation of Amarillo, this endowed professorship bears the name of a man with one goal: to succeed in life and in turn be able to share with those in need. The Paul Engler Foundation’s mission is to continue his work to support education, agriculture and livestock industry, business entrepreneurship and other initiatives for the greater good. The Paul Engler Endowed Professorship in Animal Science at WTAMU has the privilege of advancing that mission.

“Dr. Lawrence is an outstanding teacher and highly productive researcher. He also has been instrumental in securing $2 million from Caviness Meat Packers for his state-of-the-art meat laboratory and meat science program at WTAMU,” Dr. Lal Almas, interim dean of the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, said. “It is an honor to work with a world renowned meat scientist who is committed to West Texas A&M University and the Texas Panhandle region to take food animal industry to the next level of excellence. The Paul Engler professorship is a well-deserved award for Dr. Lawrence.”

Lawrence was raised on a cow-calf operation north of Dalhart before pursuing his formal education in animal science at West Texas A&M University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. He received a Ph.D. from Kansas State University and joined the faculty in WTAMU’s Department of Agricultural Sciences in 2004. Lawrence teaches undergraduate courses in food science, meat animal/carcass evaluation, anatomy and physiology of domestic farm animals, meat science and statistics. He also teaches advanced level meat science and technology and integrated animal science courses for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

“I miss dearly my friend, Dr. Dean Hawkins, who was instrumental in securing Paul Engler Gift, and I will continue to build our department and serve the students and industry with the passion and drive that Hawkins brought to our college,” Lawrence said.

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