Dr. David Lunt has been named assistant director for Texas AgriLife Research, according to agency officials.

Lunt previously served as professor and superintendent of the 6,372-acre AgriLife Research McGregor Center and associate head of operations for the department of animal science at Texas A&M University.

As assistant director, Lunt will oversee agency planning, state and federal reporting, and agency internal grant programs that include cropping systems, beef improvement, bioenergy, cotton, fire ants, other areas/responsibilities.

“The addition of Dr. Lunt to our administrative team will enhance the direction and oversight of some of our key program areas and will provide needed administrative support,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, AgriLife Research director and interim vice chancellor for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M. “We’re very pleased to have someone of Dr. Lunt’s expertise and professionalism working with us.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Lunt said, “especially at such a pivotal point when the agency is addressing several critical issues affecting today’s world – food and energy – through premier research programs.”

Lunt has been active in the commercialization of intellectual property developed by the animal science department at Texas A&M, particularly bovine genomics. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in meat science and muscle biology from Texas A&M. Lunt also has a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas.

Lunt and wife, Lani, have six children and one grandchild.

AgriLife Research (http://agriliferesearch.tamu.edu) is a science and technology agency under the A&M System charged with conducting basic and applied research in agriculture, the life sciences and natural resources. Its mission is to generate scientific knowledge that benefits both consumers and the agriculture industry in Texas and beyond.