Two western Nueces County men have been inducted into an elite group of agricultural graduates of Texas A&M University-College Station.
James F. "Jimmy" Dodson and Jimmy N. Wright were inducted April 30 into The Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry of Former Students in Agricultural Economics at the university. Dodson, Wright and four other alumni joined just 20 other prior inductees.
The Honor Registry was established in 1997 "to recognize and honor those graduates who have distinguished themselves in a meritorious way by reaching a significant level of accomplishment in their chosen field," according to the university.
The inductees into the Honor Registry represent "the highest standards of integrity and character as recognized by their peers and will reflect positively on the Department of Agricultural Economics and Texas A&M University."
Dodson is a 1974 summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University-College Station with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics.
He has born in Corpus Christi and has been the owner of Jimmy Dodson Farms in Chapman Ranch-area since 1974. He's also president of Dodson Farms Inc. and Dodson Ag Inc. and is a director of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas, the parent lending institution for Texas AgFinance of Robstown.
Dodson is also the Texas state chairman of the American Cotton Producers, director of the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, and chairman of the National Cotton Council, Policy Development Task Force.
Dodson was once named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture by the Texas Association of Extension Agents and he is a former trustee of The Nueces River Authority and of the Bishop Independent School District.
Dodson is currently deacon and trustee at Real Life Fellowship Church.
He and his wife, Barbara, live in the Robstown area and have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Wright is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University-College Station with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics.
He was born in Kingsville and grew up on a farm and ranch near Agua Dulce.
Wright joined Texas AgFinance in 1979 and began his career in Robstown as a loan officer. He also served as a branch manager, senior loan officer and chief credit officer for Texas AgFinance of Robstown before becoming the institution's president and chief executive officer in 1986.
Under his leadership, Texas AgFinance has grown from two offices with less than $20 million in total loan volume to seven offices with a serviced loan volume approaching $500 million.
Wright is also a rancher in Nueces County and has served on committees for the State Bar of Texas. He currently serves on the Nueces County AgriLife Leadership Advisory Board, is a member of both the Independent Cattleman's Association and the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and is the finance committee chair for his church.
Wright and his wife, Jana, live in Calallen and have three daughters, a son and eight grandchildren.