Tim Kring, a faculty member at the University of Arkansas, has been named head of the Department of Entomology in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Kring spent the last 31 years working on biological control of insect pests and weeds using their natural enemies. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Quinnipiac University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in entomology from Texas A&M University. He started at Virginia Tech in January.
“One of my goals as a new department head is to grow our faculty members,” he said. “We have a great reputation for enjoying a convivial and collegial work environment here, so I am looking forward to having the opportunity to energize our roster with new faculty in the near future.”
Kring is a member of the Entomological Society of America as well as societies in the states of Kansas, Florida, Georgia, and served as the president of the Arkansas Entomological Society in 1992, as well as the International Organization for Biological Control Nearctic Regional Section from 1997-1999.
He is the recipient of the 2009 ESA Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management, Southeastern Branch, and the Distinguished Scientist Award, International Organization for Biological Control, NRS.