New director appointed at Tidewater AREC

I am pleased to announce that David Langston has accepted our offer to become the director of the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Langston’s appointment is effective Aug. 15, 2014. I would also like to thank Allen Harper for his outstanding leadership of the TAREC over the past several years. We wish Allen the best in his retirement.

Langston currently serves as the professor of plant pathology in College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia-Tifton. He joined University of Georgia as an assistant professor in 1998 after earning his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech. Langston received his bachelors and masters degrees from North Carolina State University. Langston has extensive experience in applied agricultural research and Extension in plant disease management, which is a field that is quite relevant to the mission of the TAREC. He also has a strong record of scholarship and graduate student mentoring. Langston has been quite successful in obtaining a high level of extramural funding from both industry and other competitive sources in support of his program.

He has served in several leadership roles including serving as the president of the southern division of the American Phytopathological Society and as the graduate coordinator for the master degree program in plant protection and pest management at University of Georgia. He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions. I am confident that he has the appropriate leadership qualities and experience to continue enhancing the research, Extension, and outreach programs at the Tidewater AREC.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the search and interview process, especially the search committee. Many thanks to Pete Schultz (chair of the search committee) and the members of the committee (Ames Herbert, Jody Jellison, Hillary Mehl, Mark Estienne, Wade Thomason and Gail White).

Saied Mostaghimi

Director of Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station
and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies


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