Tom Field is the new director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and the Paul Engler Chair of Agribusiness Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The Engler program began in 2010 with a gift from the Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation to the University of Nebraska to establish a permanently endowed fund to support agribusiness entrepreneurship at UNL. The gift from Engler, a well-known Texas cattle feeder and native of Nebraska, provides student scholarships and program support for student courses, a lectureship series, entrepreneurship training camps, internship placement assistance, student travel and more.
"I am really excited about this opportunity to be a steward of Paul Engler's gift. I have a high regard for Paul Engler and for his business and the career he built. I also feel fortunate to work with Mark Gustafson," says Field, who started his position last month, but will work with Gustafson, who is continuing as the program's founding director, until the end of June.
Before coming to Nebraska, Field was the executive director of producer education for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Centennial, Colo.
According to Ronnie Green, IANR vice chancellor, Field widely recognized internationally as one of the top university teachers in agriculture and brings a wealth of experience in creativity and entrepreneurship from his professional experience, including the development of 'out of the box' programs, such as the Beef Industry Leadership graduate program at Colorado State University and more recently new approaches to producer education at NCBA.
Green says UNL will quickly become known globally as the "destination location" for the very best student experience in development of entrepreneurial skills and problem solving.
Field earned his doctorate, master's and bachelor's degrees in animal sciences from Colorado State University. Before joining the NCBA, he was a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, where he had worked since 1984.
Field is the co-owner of Field Land and Cattle Company in Gunnison, Colo.
He and his wife, Laura, have three sons in college--Justin, Sean and Trae.