Dever named to Lubbock AgriLife Research cotton breeder post

Dr. Jane Kveton Dever has been named Associate Professor - Cotton Breeding at Texas AgriLife Research at Lubbock effective April 1, according to Dr. Jaroy Moore, resident director of research at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock.

Dever will be headquartered at the center located at 1102 East FM 1294.

“We were very fortunate to have been able to hire Jane,” said Moore. “She comes to us from Bayer CropScience where she was the Western U.S.and international cotton breeding manager. She has years of experience working with the cotton industry and is well known across the cotton belt.

“She is also well known and respected within the Texas A&M University System. Many will remember her for her work here in the cotton breeding program with Dr. John Gannaway throughout the early 1980s and early 1990s. She also worked closely with Dr. Bob Robinson's AgriLife Extension Agri-partners program in Lubbock.”

Dever says she is very excited about returning to Texas AgriLife Research to assume leadership of the cotton breeding program in Lubbock. She will fill the position currently held by Gannaway, professor of cotton breeding, who plans to retire Aug. 31 after 28 years leading the Cotton Improvement Program at Lubbock.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity for beltwide and international experience at Bayer CropScience, but my heart is in the High Plains of Texas where I first fell in love with the science of cotton breeding,” Dever said. “It is a tremendous opportunity for me to return to this program that is supported and respected by cotton growers, industry and Texas AgriLife Research. The foundation has already been laid through screening exotic germplasm and cooperative research with other disciplines to further develop unique and improved cotton germplasm for Texas.”

Devers holds a bachelor's degree in textile technology and management, a master's in crop science and a doctorate in agronomy and plant breeding, all from Texas Tech University.

Her most recent management assignment at Bayer CropScience was as a member of the site visit committee and due diligence team for the acquisition of Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company. She led the team that integrated the research and development operation into Bayer CropScience.

From 1999 to 2006, she worked for Aventis, then Bayer CropScience, to coordinate cottonseed breeding and product development globally.

Dever served as a member of the adjunct graduate faculty at Texas Tech University from 1990 until 2004. She has been a member of the adjunct graduate faculty at Texas A&M University since 2000.

From 1998 to 1999, Dever worked as the product development manager for FiberMax Cottonseed where she was responsible for directing internal and external research and development of the FiberMax cotton varieties.

Dever's other experience includes working as a senior research scientist at BioTex, a small contract research firm, as a textile engineer for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, and as head of materials evaluation for Texas Tech University's International Textile Center.

Dever has held many committee assignments throughout her career, including: National Cotton Variety Testing Committee, Bayer Core Cotton Team-Breeding Representative, Governor's Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Board and the Texas Department of Agriculture Grants Review Board.

She has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific publications and holds two U.S. cotton-related patents.

A native of Abernathy, Dever grew up on a cotton, grain sorghum and soybean farm, and was graduated from New Deal High School. She is married to James Dever.

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