He has served as chair of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications since 2008.
Steve Fraze, chairman of the Texas Tech University Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, has been named the interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Fraze will fill the position held by Dean Michael Galyean, who was recently named as the interim provost. Lawrence Schovanec, who was previously the provost, was named the new president of Texas Tech. Both began in their new roles on Monday.
“I am pleased that Dr. Fraze will take over a position that is critical to the Texas Tech University System,” Schovanec said. “The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will be a key contributor to the system's plan to develop a College of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, and graduates of the college are leading the way in both academia and the agriculture industry around the world.
Fraze has served as chairman of Agricultural Education and Communication since 2008. He joined the department in 1988 and became a professor in 2004. He also has held the Shirley L. and LuCille Garrison Endowed Chair in Rural Youth Development since 2012.
A native of Dora, New Mexico, Fraze earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College in 1975 and earn his agricultural teaching certification from Texas Tech a year later. He received his master's in education from Texas Tech and his doctorate from Texas A&M.
“I am excited about the opportunity and challenges of serving the college and Texas Tech University in this role,” Fraze said.
Fraze previously was a visiting instructor in Texas A&M University's Department of Agricultural Education and a vocational agriculture teacher in New Home and Olton. He also served as a district engineer in the Dowell Division of Dow Chemical in Monahans.
He was honored as the Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award in 2015 at the Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Conference The group is dedicated to studying, applying, and promoting the teaching and learning processes in agriculture. Membership is open to individuals engaged in agricultural education at U.S. colleges and universities.
Other recent honors for Fraze include National FFA ‘VIP Citation'; American Association for Agricultural Education Senior Fellow; and president of the American Association for Agricultural Education.
He also has received the Gamma Sigma Delta Service to Agriculture Award, been elected to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, and earned the Texas FFA Association Distinguished Service Award and Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas Distinguished Service Award.