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Texas A&M AgriLife—
One day after retiring from 33 years of service to AgriLife, the wildlife specialist and quail ecologist started working part time for AgriLife Extension leading the statewide “Reversing the Decline of Quail” initiative.
His partial retirement allowed him to expand his role at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, a privately funded ranch near Roby dedicated to quail science and conservation
Last August, Rollins finally “re-retired” from AgriLife. When he received a letter from the Texas A&M Board of Regents this summer informing him that he had been awarded the rank of professor and Extension specialist emeritus, he said it was a career highlight.
“I’ve had an illustrious career as far as awards go, but this is a capstone event I think,” said Rollins. “Being made professor emeritus is a crown jewel.”
Other awards bestowed upon Rollins over the course of his career include the Hero of Conservation, Field and Stream Magazine; Educator of the Year, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society; Sam Beasom Conservation Leader Award, Texas Wildlife Association; World Champion Quail Caller by Quail Unlimited; and Outstanding Contribution to Range Management honor, presented by the Texas Section, Society for Range Management.
Rollins also was recognized by the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society as an honorary life member in February.