After many years at Virginia Tech, Allen Harper, director of the Tidewater Agriculture Research and Extension Center (TAREC), has announced his plan to retire in August 2014. Allen has provided outstanding leadership and service to TAREC and CALS, and we wish him well during his transition. A search committee for the director position has been formed and will be meeting soon. Pete Schultz, the director of Hampton Roads AREC, has agreed to chair the search committee. Other members of the committee include Gail White (TAREC staff member), Mark Estienne (TAREC faculty member), Ames Herbert (TAREC faculty member), Jody Jellison (Associate Director, VAES), Hillary Mehl (TAREC faculty member), and Wade Thomason (CSES faculty member).
I am constantly impressed by the caliber of our students who excel in their chosen fields and are outstanding representatives of the college. This month, we had a number of examples of how our students are laying the groundwork to become future leaders in agriculture and life sciences.