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The Research Center Administrators Society is a national non-profit organization whose membership is comprised of agricultural research station managers, directors, university, college and USDA administrators.



RCAS Mission:

The society mission is to advance the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge concerning the nature, use, improvement, and interrelationships of research center administration scientific research, and new technology.


2015 RCAS Summer Meeting,
August 30 - September 2, North Carolina

The 2015 RCAS summer meeting will be held August 30 - September 2 hosted by North Carolins State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Please save the dates on your calendar and plan to attend. A great program has been developed that you will really enjoy.

Westin Peachtree  Plaza

Registration information will be available at this website at later date.

North Carolina 2015
Program Agenda

Click here to access the presentation "North Carolina Welcomes You to RCAS Summer Meeting".


What our members say about RCAS:

“No man is an island.  That is a universal truth and especially true for people involved in agriculture and agricultural research.  The RCAS is a critical link for our Research Station Superintendents in North Carolina to be connected to others who face the same challenges and opportunities every day.  Our members frequently rely on Center Administrators in other states for advice, ideas, and comradery.  Before embarking on initiatives such as new technology, we know that there is someone within the society that has had some experience and we want to draw on that experience.  Members are open and honest and it truly is a society.  The Annual Meeting and the Summer Meeting are both great opportunities to form bonds and learn from others.  You always learn by talking with others and seeing similar operations in other states.  The RCAS is an organization in which we find great value and look to support its growth”.

Sandy Stewart
Research Stations Division Director
NCDA and NC State University


“Participation in RCAS provides a network where station managers can exchange ideas and learn from others with similar responsibilities.  Knowing that someone else is out there and might be able to help answer a question or has lived through a specific situation and is willing to share their knowledge is a valued asset.  The research location site visits and exposure to related agricultural businesses expands our understanding of how research and outreach supports the industry as a whole”. 

Steve Hawkins
Assistant Director Purdue Ag Centers




Donnie Davis Elected RCAS President

The  2015 RCAS Winter Meeting was held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on January 31 -February 3, 2015.

Newly elected President Donnie Davis, University of Kentucky, presents outgoing President Larry Earnest, University of Arkansas the president plaque of appreciation from the membership at the RCAS banquet .




The 2015 RCAS Distinguished Service Award to Jim Beaty, Purdue University

Jim Beaty, superintendent of the Purdue University Agronomy Center for Research and Education since 1986, has received the Research Center Administrators Society’s Distinguished Service Award. The award, given for service, leadership and outstanding contributions to RCAS over an extended period, was presented during the group’s annual meeting Feb. 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. RCAS is the national society for administrators of field stations, research and education centers or other branch research facilities of state agricultural experiment stations.

Beaty has been treasurer of the RCAS since 2011 and previously served as president, past president, vice president and secretary. He also has also been active with membership and recruitment, serving as moderator at RCAS meetings, and with annual meeting program planning, including as program chair. He has made presentations at annual meetings and served on various committees. Beaty planned, coordinated and helped host RCAS summer meetings that included tours of Purdue University field research facilities in 2002. Beaty received a bachelor’s degree in 1977 and a master’s in agronomy in 1986, both from Purdue.

Beaty DSA

  President Larry Earnest presents the 2015 RCAS Distinguished
Service Award to Jim Beaty at the annual awards banquet in Atlanta, GA.


Other Annoucements

Position Announcement:
The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a new open position:

Director of Desert Research and Extension Center
County Locations: Imperial County
Date Posted: April 2, 2015
Closing Date: May 15, 2015
Job Description: Download
Download Application: Word | PDF





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Future Meetings

    Sep 2015 – North Carolina

     Feb 2016 – San Antonio, Texas

    Fall 2016 - Colorado




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Contact Us:

For  general information contact Robert Dunker, RCAS Communications Officer.

(217) 244-5444