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October 19, 2005

Director named for N.C. State's JC Raulston Arboretum

Dr. Dennis J. Werner has been named director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, an eight-acre working research and teaching garden maintained by the Horticultural Science Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with the most diverse collection of cold-hardy temperate zone plants in the southeastern United States. As a part of N.C. State's Department of Horticultural Science, the arboretum has been largely built and maintained by N.C. State students, faculty, volunteers and staff. Plant collections include more than 5,000 species of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, groundcovers, shrubs and trees from more than 50 different countries.

Werner joined N.C. State in 1979 as an assistant professor of horticultural science, rising to the rank of professor in 1988. He also served as the Horticultural Science Graduate Program Director for 11 years. A long-time collaborator and member of the arboretum, Werner will begin his new duties as director on Dec. 1.

His efforts in peach breeding have led to the development of numerous peach varieties that are highly regarded and widely grown in the Southeast. Werner's most recent research efforts have shifted to ornamental plant breeding and genetics.

Werner has twice received the N.C. State University Outstanding Teacher Award and was named the Outstanding Academic Advisor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1999. He is a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science, the American Horticultural Society, the International Plant Propagator's Society, the Perennial Plant Association and the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

He earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Pennsylvania State University and master's and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Michigan State University.

"We look forward to Dr. Werner's leadership and continued strengthening of the JC Raulston Arboretum as a major botanical research, teaching and extension institution," said Julia Kornegay, head of the Department of Horticultural Science.

-Suzanne Stanard

Posted by Natalie at October 19, 2005 11:20 AM