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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.


Summer Tour 2016 Information

Registration for the 2016 RCAS tour in Colorado is open and things are moving along nicely. The web address to register for the tour is: RCAS Summer Tour 2016.

A detailed schedule for the tour, travel, hotel, and other information is available on the website. Early registration is suggested as the tour will be capped at 100 people.

A block of rooms at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO has been reserved. During the time period of the tour it is also Wyoming Frontier Days and the hotel is expected to fill up. If more rooms are needed than the block reserved we may be able to expand our reservations if we are not competing with others for rooms at the hotel. If you plan to go register as early as possible to make sure you are registered to attend the tour and have a room secured at the hotel.

If you have questions about the tour please contact Calvin Pearson at We are looking forward to an exciting and interesting tour in Colorado.




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



Barry Sims Elected RCAS President

The  2016 RCAS Winter Meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio River Walk, February 5-9, San Antonio, Texas.

Newly elected President Barry Sims (right), University of Tennessee, presents outgoing President Donnie Davis, University of Kentucky, the president plaque of appreciation from the membership at the RCAS banquet.




The 2016 RCAS Distinguished Service Award to Donnie Davis, University of Kentucky

SAN ANTONIO - Donnie L. Davis, who has served in every executive position with the Research Center Administrator's Society, was honored Tuesday, Feb. 9, by the organization with a Distinguished Service Award.

Davis is director of Central Kentucky Farms for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment and is the outgoing president of RCAS.

"Donnie has been part of the lifeblood of this organization and one of its greatest advocates for its growth," said Barry Sims, incoming society president. "Not only has he served in every executive position we have, but also on many of its committees. That kind of dedication is hard to find and we want to show our appreciation with this honor."

A 1973 gradate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in agriculture, Davis has 40 years' experience managing research farm operations, resources and budgets, buildings and facilities, personnel, program interpretation and pubic relations.

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 Awards committee chair, Don Hubbell (right) presents the 2016 RCAS Distinguished
Service Award to Donnie Davis at the annual awards banquet in San Antonio, Tx.












Future Meetings

    Sep 2015 – North Carolina

     Feb 2016 – San Antonio, Texas

    Fall 2016 - Colorado




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For general information contact Vaughn Skinner, RCAS Communications Officer.

(479) 841-3362