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June 23, 2005

New appointments for CALS

Steve Leath has been named director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, and Sam Pardue has been named head of the Poultry Science Department.

Steve Leath
Dr. Steven Leath, a plant pathologist who has a 20-year affiliation with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, has been named director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, based in the college.

The research service is the research arm of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Leath has served as interim director since May 2003, when Dr. Johnny Wynne, then the director, was named interim dean of the college. Wynne was named dean of the college last December. As research service director, Leath also holds the title of associate dean of the college.

Leath, a Fuquay-Varina resident, joined the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty in 1985 as a plant pathologist with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service unit on the N.C. State University campus. He became research leader of the unit in 1999 and later served for a brief period as USDA Agricultural Research Service acting national program leader for grain crops, stationed in Beltsville, MD. He returned to N.C. State in 2001, serving as assistant director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service.

In 2003, Leath was named associate director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service, then interim director when Wynne became the college’s interim dean.

Leath holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in plant science from the University of Delaware and a doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the Agricultural Research Service at N.C. State, he was an associate extension plant pathologist for a year at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

The N.C. Agricultural Research Service has an annual budget of approximately $52 million, with an additional $50 million of expenditures in extramural grants and contracts. Approximately 350 research faculty fall under research service administration, along with 270 graduate students, other researchers and research assistants, 400 technicians and 90 support staff.

Sam Pardue
Dr. Sam Pardue, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor at North Carolina State University, has been named head of the Poultry Science Department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1.

Pardue came to N.C. State in 1989 as an assistant professor of poultry science, rising to the rank of professor in 1998. He also has served as undergraduate teaching coordinator for poultry science. Prior to coming to N.C. State, he was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University and an instructor at Lenoir Community College.

He has received numerous recognitions for his teaching, research and service achievements. At N.C. State, he has been named to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers (1996) and received the Poultry Science Association Student Recruitment Award (1993). He also received the 1994 Purina Mills Teaching Award.

Pardue earned a bachelor’s degree in poultry science and master’s and doctoral degrees in physiology at N.C. State. He was involved in postdoctoral research at the University of Massachusetts.

"Pardue brings years of experience in teaching, research and extension to the position and will do an excellent job in representing the department to the constituencies," Wynne said.

Posted by Natalie at June 23, 2005 04:08 AM