Purdue Agriculture dean publicizes new entomology, botany and plant pathology division heads

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Karen Plaut, Purdue University’s Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, has appointed Catherine Hill head of the Department of Entomology and Tesfaye Mengiste head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

“Dr. Hill and Dr. Mengiste carry in depth expertise to those positions,” Plaut stated. “They are each extremely achieved and internationally revered of their fields and likewise carry distinct management strengths to their departments. I stay up for working with them of their new roles.”

Hill, professor and previously interim division head of entomology, earned her bachelor’s diploma in agricultural science and PhD in entomology from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Hill stated she seems ahead to working with the division and its many companions in coaching future leaders and conducting nation-leading analysis.

“Purdue entomology enjoys a proud historical past of serving the land-grant mission, having delivered excellence in discovery, studying and extension for our state and nation for greater than 100 years,” Hill stated. “Looking forward, the division is unified round a shared imaginative and prescient to handle a few of society’s biggest challenges within the areas of world meals safety, the safety of agricultural manufacturing and human well being and animal well being, and the preservation of pure sources.”

Mengiste, professor and previously interim division head of botany and plant pathology, earned his bachelor’s diploma in plant sciences from Haramaya University in Ethiopia, a grasp’s diploma in plant biotechnology from the University of London, and a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Basel in Switzerland. Mengiste stated to be requested to steer one of many oldest, most vibrant departments in Purdue’s College of Agriculture, realizing its nationwide and worldwide affect, is a privilege.

“My position as a division head of this vibrant tutorial group is to advertise excellence in all our mission areas – analysis, engagement and coaching of the subsequent technology of plant science professionals – by making a local weather the place everybody’s success is acknowledged,” Mengiste stated. “I’m right here to assist our school, workers and college students and catalyze success.”

Sources:  Catherine Hill, hillca@purdue.edu 

Tesfaye Mengiste, tmengist@purdue.edu 

Writer: Jillian Ellison, 765-494-0948, ellison1@purdue.edu 

Agricultural Communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Department Head, mmanier@purdue.edu  

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