Ronald E. Pope, Ph.D., has been hired as the Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in charge of daily operations of the Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory. The lab is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center complex in San Angelo, Texas.
"Ron will fill, on a part-time basis, the position held by retired Chris Lupton, Ph.D., who established the lab in 1984 along with Faron Pfeiffer," said John Walker, Ph.D., AgriLife's resident director of research. "He's well-known throughout the wool, mohair and ranching industry in Texas and nationally. With his background and passion for the industry, we feel his presence here will do nothing but build upon the already strong natural fiber research component the center provides and the industry expects."
Pope will be responsible for planning, conducting, interpreting and reporting AgriLife research results relating to measuring animal fibers, fiber preparation and marketing, along with methods for increasing the quantity and quality of fiber production. He will also manage the facility, its personnel and budgets as well as write, submit and manage the grants needed to fund the lab's research program.
"The Texas lab will be one-of-two wool labs remaining in the United States," commented Rita Kourlis Samuelson, American Sheep Industry Association wool marketing director. "These labs are an important part of the wool quality program in this country and Ron's education and experience will be a fabulous asset to the wool industry by assuring the continuation of research in areas of quality and production."
Pope will remain the general manager of Producers' Marketing Cooperative Inc. He holds a doctorate in wool science from the University of Wyoming at Laramie and master's and bachelor's degrees in animal science from Tarleton State University at Stephenville, Texas.