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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 Winter Meeting,
January 31 - February 3, Atlanta, GA

The 2015 RCAS Winter Meeting was held in conjunction with the SAAS at The Westin Peachtree Plaza (a member of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.) in Atlanta, Georgia, January 31-February 3, 2015.

Westin Peachtree  Plaza

210 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30303
Phone:  404-659-1400


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Click here to access presentations made at the Atlanta meeting.


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:
Rosen Center Manager, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture

Posting Number 0603585 
Working Title:  Rosen Center Manager, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture   
Type of Position:  Professional  

Overall Purpose/Job Objective:

The manager oversees the operation and maintenance of plant growth facilities and infrastructure in support of a variety of research programs to elucidate and exploit genetic and physiological plant defense mechanisms. Working with a management committee, the manager coordinates the equitable assignment of plant growth space to a variety of plant research programs. The manager assesses monthly user fees, manages a revolving maintenance budget, and oversees the ongoing use of facilities to maximize occupancy and respond to changing research and teaching needs and priorities. The Rosen Center houses a rice quarantine facility run by the manager under the direction of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Plant Protection and Quarantine, and Arkansas State Plant Board. The person conducting the rice quarantine service must maintain a current rice seed importation permit from APHIS/PPQ and should be familiar with rice culture and aseptic laboratory techniques. 

Good verbal and written communication skills are necessary. A fundamental knowledge of electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and electronic control systems is needed to monitor, diagnose, and repair greenhouse and growth chamber equipment. Familiarity with common greenhouse pests is needed to advise students and staff on timely application of management measures.  

A Bachelor's degree in a plant sciences field plus three years of relevant professional experience, including one year in a supervisory or managerial capacity. Familiarity with plant science research and greenhouse operation is essential.  

Recruitment Contact Information:
Pamela Oxford Moss   

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please provide cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Apply online to  

If you have difficulties attaching documents, please contact Jamie Bentley at  





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Future Meetings

    Sep 2015 – North Carolina

     Feb 2016 – San Antonio, Texas

    Fall 2016 - Colorado




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