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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.


2016 RCAS Winter Meeting
February 5-9, San Antonio, Texas




The 2016 Winter Meeting of the Research Center Administrators Society will be held February 7-9 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.  This meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists SAAS .
Meeting Agenda  
HOTEL INFORMATION : The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk.  The SAAS room rate is $139/night.  The hotel reservation deadline for this rate is January 22, 2016.
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210.222.1234 Fax: 210.451.6162
Click here for hotel and reservation details.

Registration is $225 for members and $65 for spouses.  Registration is now open!  Please note that the registration deadline is January 15, 2016.

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The San Antonio International Airport (SAT), located at 9800 Airport Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78216, is approximately 15 miles (9 minutes) from the conference hotel.




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.












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