Getting to Know SAFHS: Meet David L. Fernandez

David_Fernandez_and_goat_EDThe successes of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences are largely due to its dedicated employees who are passionate about their work. Our “Getting to Know SAFHS” series highlights some of our talented faculty and staff and lets you know a little more about them.

What is your job role at UAPB?
Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Extension Livestock Specialist.

Where is your hometown?
Tampa, FL.

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
I earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University in 1985, a master’s degree in reproductive physiology from Montana State University in 1993 and a doctoral degree in physiology from the University of Kentucky in 1997.

What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy working with livestock producers across the state, teaching motivated students, and traveling locally, nationally and internationally to help livestock producers improve their sustainability and educators improve student outcomes. I also appreciate the great people right here at UAPB I get to work.

Describe your career before you came to UAPB.
Prior to my arrival in Pine Bluff, I served as a science writer, creating online curricula and textbooks for biological and biomedical science courses. I also worked as a professor of animal science in California and Texas, associate director of science education at Rice University in Houston, TX, and program director for student success initiatives in Texas.

If you weren’t working at UAPB, what would your dream job be?
I would be a full-time livestock producer.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Who has time for hobbies? Basically I enjoy spending time with my son, working on my farm, assisting the local Boy Scouts and serving as the AWANA leader at my church and a Rotarian in my “free” time.

Do you have a favorite movie or book?
Most of the movies I watch now are made by Pixar, but “Fireproof” and “Courageous” come to mind as good movies. I don’t have time to read except for work anymore.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
My home. I love being there, watching my animals graze and listening to the quiet.

What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
To raise my son to be a good, happy man who will live a good, fulfilling life.

Who is your hero?
I don’t really have one anymore, but there are so many men who have shown me by their example how to be a good man, both in their successes and their failures.

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