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By Fred Miller U of A System Division of AgricultureJuly 14, 2017
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Terry L. Kirkpatrick, professor of plant pathology for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been appointed interim head of the
University of Arkansas’ departments of entomology and plant pathology.
Kirkpatrick took up his new duties as entomology department head July 1. He will assume
plant pathology department head duties Sept. 1, when Craig Rothrock, professor of
plant pathology, retires. Rothrock has served as interim department head since June
Kirkpatrick will lead the departments’ research and extension programs for the Division
of Agriculture and academic programs for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences.
“We are very pleased that Dr. Kirkpatrick has agreed to take on this challenging assignment, said
Mark Cochran, vice president for agriculture. “He brings a wealth of experience in
research, Extension and teaching. He has an excellent reputation as a scientist and
tremendous rapport and respect with stakeholders across the state and region.”
“We appreciate Dr. Kirkpatrick’s willingness to take on this administrative leadership
role,” said Clarence Watson, associate vice president for agriculture-research and
director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.
Kirkpatrick joined the Division of Agriculture’s faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor
of plant pathology, was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to professor in
1997. He has coordinated the Arkansas Nematode Diagnostic Laboratory since it moved
from Fayetteville to the Southwest Research and Extension Center in 1995.
In addition, Kirkpatrick is coordinator for the Arkansas Soybean Variety Disease Screening
Program and the Learning Laboratory for Horticultural Crops.
Kirkpatrick is also responsible for county agent education and training in nematology
for all crops and cotton and horticultural crops diseases. He provides support to
county agents for grower education programs in nematology and plant pathology and
develops educational programs and materials for agricultural consultants and other
Extension Service clientele. He conducts applied research and demonstration programs
In his role as interim department head, Kirkpatrick will continue to be stationed
at SWREC near Hope, but work at least three days a week in Fayetteville. He will also
travel to the division’s research and extension centers and research stations around
the state as needed.
Kirkpatrick said he will be seeing the two departments through a rebuilding after
a series of faculty retirements. “My job will be to represent both departments during
this transition, but the faculty, staff and students are the ones that will make it
work,” he said.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com