Michael C. Trusclair Appointed USDA 1890 Liaison
The School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences is pleased to welcome Michael C. Trusclair as the newly-appointed United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service 1890 liaison, said Dr. Ivory W. Lyles, dean and director of land-grant programs.
“We are pleased to have Michael C. Trusclair on board in the School,” said Lyles. “One of his primary responsibilities will be to strengthen student placement with both federal agencies and in the field of agribusiness.”
Trusclair will serve as a member of the leadership team and play a vital role in Alcorn’s federal relations program, Lyles added.
Trusclair, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from Southern University in 1996.
“I am honored to have been appointed to serve the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences and its students,” said Trusclair. “My goal is to serve as a resource to the leadership in helping to guide our students to careers within the field of agriculture.”
Trusclair, 20-year NRCS employee, has previously worked as an instructional specialist at the USDA/NRCS National Employee Development Center in Fort Worth. Texas. For many years, Trusclair’s previous positions included serving as a district conservationist and soil conservationist for NRCS in various field offices throughout Louisiana. While in college, Trusclair held several internship positions with NRCS.
In 2008, Trusclair was selected to serve on NRCS National Cadre of Instructors where he taught numerous courses including orientation for new employees, NRCS conservation boot camp, managing and supervision, and civil rights compliance.
As former president of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Organization for Professional Black NRCS Employees, 1999-2012, an active member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and previously served on the Louisiana Civil Rights Committee, 1999-2008, Trusclair received the Louisiana State Conservationist Award for his outstanding achievements with the agency (2006 and 2008). He also received the Bronze and Silver NRCS Louisiana Circle of Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011.
Trusclair’s commitments to the community are demonstrated through his involvement in organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana and the Rho Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he presided as keeper of finance. He was honored by the chapter as Omega Psi Phi Man of the Year in 2003.
To contact Michael Trusclair, call (202) 596-0478 or email at [email protected].