Ruben Saldana


Ruben Saldana

Email Address

Phone / Fax

956.968.5581 (p) / 956.969.5639 (f)

Physical Location

2401 E Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596-8344

Mailing Address

2401 E Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596-8344

Organizational Role


Immediate Supervisor

Jeffrey Ripley

Position Title

District Extension Administrator (District Extension Administrator, Unit Head)

Unit & Entity

District 12 Office - South (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)


Agricultural Education, Budget Management, Cotton, Diversity, General Livestock, Grant Writing, Home Horticulture, Human Resources

General Bio

Dr. Saldaña provides overall leadership for District 12 with headquarters based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Weslaco. He is responsible for all fiscal and human resource aspects of county programs within the South District along with the operational leadership for AgriLife Extension at the Weslaco Center. His duties include recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising county-based faculty along with general program oversight and accountability. He is also responsible for resource development and management, including Extension budgets in support of the Center and working with County Commissioners Courts for budget support of county programs. He is responsible for communicating with county, state, and federal officials along with local industry and community stakeholders about Extension programs and outcomes in the district. He works cooperatively with Regional Program Leaders to provide guidance and support for county programs and represents District 12 in the South Region, composed of Districts 10 & 12.


Variables Affecting Hispanic Participation in Extension Programs

Supervisory Behaviors that Lead to Above Average Performance among Direct Reports

Courses Taught



B.S., Agricultural Education, Texas A&M University, 1988

M.P.A., Public Administration, University of Texas - Pan American, 1998

Ed.D., Agricultural Education, Texas Tech University/Texas A&M University, 2004.


National Farm Foundation Fellow

Vice Chancellor's Award for Diversity

Leadership El Paso

Chair, ECOP Diversity Subcommittee

Panel Manager, NIFA Community Foods Projects