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October 14, 2005

Hagler named assistant director of N.C. Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Winston M. Hagler, a poultry science professor with 26 years of service to North Carolina State University, has been named assistant director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The research service is the research arm of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Hagler has served as interim assistant director since July 2003, when Dr. Steven Leath, then the assistant director, was named interim director. Leath now is director of the research service.

Since 1979, Hagler has held a number of positions in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, rising to the rank of professor of poultry science in 1990. He also is an associate member of the faculties of plant pathology, animal science and nutrition. As director of the Mycotoxin Laboratory, Hagler has led a diverse program that includes regional, national, and international collaborations in Extension, analytical chemistry, plant and animal physiology, veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, nutrition, toxicology and plant breeding.

In 2003, Hagler was named interim assistant director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service when Leath became interim director.

Hagler holds a bachelor’s degree in general biology and a master’s degree in microbiology from Auburn University and a doctoral degree in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the N.C. State faculty, Hagler was a visiting scientist for a year at the Veterinary Medical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.

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.

-Suzanne Stanard

Posted by Natalie at October 14, 2005 03:29 PM