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Werner Named Raulston Distinguished Professor

April 11, 2007

Media Contact: Dr. Dennis Werner, director, J.C. Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University, 919-513-7006 or

Dr. Dennis Werner, director of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, has been named the J.C. Raulston Distinguished Professor.

Werner, a professor of horticultural science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State, has served as director of the arboretum since Dec. 1, 2005. He has been a member of the N.C. State University faculty since 1979.

The Raulston Professorship was established in 1998 by former University of North Carolina System President C.D. Spangler and his wife Meredith to honor the late J.C. Raulston, who established the arboretum that now bears his name. Spangler received a gift from anonymous donors who wished to endow a professorship honoring Spangler and his wife Meredith. The Spanglers, however, asked that the professorship be established at N.C. State and be called the J.C. Raulston Distinguished Professorship of Horticultural Science.

Raulston professors must be faculty members in the Department of Horticultural Science at N.C. State and their work must focus on the arboretum with a global perspective on teaching, research and extension.

Werner is a plant breeder who has been nationally and internationally recognized for the new peach varieties he has developed. In addition, he and a graduate student he advised published a landmark paper that included the first molecular map for the peach. He 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 also served as Department of Horticultural Science graduate program director for 12 years.

J.C. Raulston established what is now a nationally acclaimed 8-acre garden in 1976. The Raulston Arboretum boasts the most diverse collection of cold-hardy temperate zone plants in the southeastern United States.

- Dave Caldwell, 919.513.3127 or -

Posted by Dave at April 11, 2007 01:49 PM