Ruben Saldana

Dr.. Ruben Saldana
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Phone Number:
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Physical Location:
2401 E Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596-8344
Mailing Address:
2401 E Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596-8344
Organizational Role:
Immediate Supervisor:
Donald Kelm
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Position Title:
District Extension Administrator
Position Roles:
District Extension Administrator (DEA)
Unit & Entity:
District 12 Office - South (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

Agricultural Education, Budget Management, Civil Rights, Diversity, Food Insecurity, General Livestock, Grant Writing, Home Horticulture, Human Resources, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers
General Bio:

Dr. Saldaña provides overall leadership for District 12 with headquarters based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Weslaco. He is responsible for all fiscal and human resource aspects of county programs within the South District along with the operational leadership for AgriLife Extension at the Weslaco Center. His duties include recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising county-based faculty along with general program oversight and accountability. He is also responsible for resource development and management, including Extension budgets in support of the Center and working with County Commissioners Courts for budget support of county programs. He is responsible for communicating with county, state, and federal officials along with local industry and community stakeholders about Extension programs and outcomes in the district. He works cooperatively with Regional Program Leaders to provide guidance and support for county programs and represents District 12 in the South Region, composed of Districts 10 & 12.


Variables Affecting Hispanic Participation in Extension Programs

Supervisory Behaviors that Lead to Above Average Performance among Direct Reports

Courses Taught:



B.S., Agricultural Education, Texas A&M University, 1988

M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Texas - Pan American, 1998

Ed.D., Agricultural Education, Texas Tech University/Texas A&M University, 2004.


Regents Fellow

National Farm Foundation Fellow

Vice Chancellor's Award for Diversity

Leadership El Paso

Chair, ECOP - PODC Diversity Subcommittee

USDA - NIFA Grant Panel Manager