Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Reneâ€™ McCracken, Director of Agriculture
Mrs. Reneâ€™ McCracken is the Director of Agriculture at Northeast Texas Community College. She is married to Tim McCracken formerly of Kilgore, TX and they have three girls, Samantha, Claire, and Audrey. She began in her new position here in July 2012 with a move from Henderson, TX to Mt. Pleasant (Harts Bluff Area). Her family and her have a 40 acre stocker ranch that they plan to transition into a more sustainable farm including, gardens, poultry, orchard, cow-calf, custom fed steers, meat goats, and a fully stocked fish pond â€“ â€śjust for funâ€ť.
Mrs. McCracken was born and raised in Hallsville, TX where she graduated in 1988. She grew up on her familyâ€™s small farm surrounded by all the animals that she brought home to take care of including: horses, poultry of all kinds, a hawk, skunks, an owl, commercial pigs, rabbits, doves, a ferret, goats and the usual stray dogs and cats. â€śI always dreamed of being a veterinarian and spent most of my early childhood preparing for thatâ€ť said McCracken. Later, she went to Stephen F. Austin University and majored in Animal Science with a poultry emphasis since she decided, â€śshe didnâ€™t want to neuter dogs and cats for a livingâ€ť. She then received a full scholarship to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to get her Masterâ€™s degree in Poultry Science and began her career in the food industry. She served in various management roles for Campbell Soup Company, ConAgra Foods, and General Mills. In 2000, she and her husband made the decision for her to â€śretireâ€ť to raise their children and moved onto a 2000 acre commercial cow-calf operation in Kansas where â€ślittle house on the prairieâ€ť still existed. While there, the homesteading skills taught to her by her grandparents like gardening, canning, and even cooking homemade biscuits from scratch rekindled her enthusiasm and passion for the farming lifestyle. Her life took on another change when, the family moved back to Texas and she began working as an extension agent for Prairie View A&M University in Cherokee County. As an extension agent, she became known for her work with goats and emphasis on small farms and helping them to become more sustainable. Additionally, her husband Tim and her purchased and operated a retail feed store from 2007 to 2011. When she was approached with the opportunity to come to Mt. Pleasant and be a part of the NTCC Experience, she realized that her life and experiences were the perfect combination to prepare her to serve as the new Director of Agriculture for NTCC.
Mr. Chad Henry, Agriculture Instructor
Mr. Chad Henry is the Agriculture Instructor at Northeast Texas Community College. He is married to Melody Henry, the Associate Dean of Out-Reach Services at NTCC, and they have three children, Jace, Keely, and Kincade.
Mr. Henry was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He grew up working on his familyâ€™s ranch in Southwest Louisiana. In the past, they raised registered Beefmaster cattle, commercial cattle, rice, soybeans, milo, and horses. Today the ranch is primarily a commercial cow/calf operation.
Mr. Henry attended McNeese State University on a rodeo scholarship and was a member of the 1991 Southern Region Menâ€™s Championship Team. He competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping, team roping, and steer wrestling.
He transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce after marrying the former Melody Oden in 1994, and graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science in 1995. He worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Agriculture Department while pursing his Masterâ€™s degree. He graduated in May 1997 with his Master of Science Degree in Agriculture.
In August of 1997, Mr. Henry began his career at Northeast Texas Community College. He was hired as the Rodeo Coach and Farm Manager. He worked as Farm Manager until 2001. In August of 2001 he became Agriculture Instructor and Rodeo Coach, and in the fall of 2008 became full-time Agriculture Instructor.
To reach Mr. Henry, phone 903-434-8177 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Joe Whinery, Instructor of Sustainable Agriculture
Mr. Joe Whinery is the Instructor of Sustainable Agriculture at Northeast Texas Community College. He is married to his college sweetheart, Jessica Whinery. He was born in Flowood, Mississippi and grew up throughout the U.S. and Canada. He later graduated from Linden-Kildare High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after. He served the U.S. in Germany, Kosovo, and Iraq as an air traffic controller for nearly six years.
He began his college years at Texarkana College on the G.I. Bill and completed an Associate of Science as well as an Associate of Art in 2009. Next, he transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce on a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Science and Technology in 2011. In 2012, he completed the Masters of Science degree in agriculture at Texas A&M University-Commerce. While at TAMU commerce, he worked diligently to help to further develop the garden projects and to increase production and make it a more sustainable operation.
Mr. Whinery's interest in sustainable agriculture has afforded him the opportunity to travel the globe studying agriculture and working as a farm laborer. In fact, his travels have taken him to over 20 countries. He is thrilled to start sharing his knowledge and experience with his students and to add his experience and passion for all things sustainable to broadening the development and improvement of the gardens and farm at NTCC.
Office number: 903-434-8213
Mr. Doug Beason, Farm Manager
Mr. Doug Beason is the Manager of the NTCC Demonstration and Research Farm which lies to the east of NTCCâ€™s main campus, across FM 1735. Mr. Beason is a life-long resident of Morris County, near Daingerfield, TX, and graduated from Daingerfield High School in 1977. In 1981, Mr. Beason graduated from Texas State Technical Institute (now Texas State Technical College) in Waco, TX, obtaining his associates degree in Welding Technology. Upon completion of his degree, Mr. Beason began a 20-year career with LeTourneau Technologies, Inc.â„˘ where he currently serves as deacon.
To reach Mr. Beason, phone 903-572-0115 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.