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A Welcome from the Dean

Jay Akridge - Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Jay Akridge
Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

These are exciting times to be a part of the agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and the Purdue College of Agriculture!  Recently ranked number 6 in the world by QS World University Rankings, our College’s learning, discovery, and engagement programs focus on some of the most pressing issues facing our world: food security and food safety, human and animal health, environmental and natural resource management, the bioeconomy, and agricultural competitiveness.

In 11 academic departments, Purdue Agriculture students study economics and business, agricultural education and communication, plant and animal sciences, biochemistry, entomology, food science, agricultural and biological engineering, landscape architecture, and forestry, wildlife, and aquatic sciences.  Our graduates take leadership positions in a wide variety of industries, pursue dynamic research and academic careers, and work in public service in the US and internationally.  

Through Purdue Extension, we serve the people of Indiana through 92 county offices.  However, our work extends beyond the boundaries of our state to every corner of the world.  The issues we tackle are global. The world our students are moving into is ever more connected. The depth and breadth of our College’s international portfolio and impact is exciting, with activities in more than 60 countries.

Our 2009-2014 strategic plan is entitled People, Purpose, Impact.  The people of Purdue Agriculture – talented faculty, dedicated staff, and motivated students – working with our partners across campus, at other universities, with industry, and in government, make great things happen every day.  As Boilermakers we have a motto: What we make moves the world forward.  Nowhere is that more true than in the Purdue College of Agriculture.  Come join us and help us move the world forward!

About the Dean

Dean Jay T. Akridge is the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University, and his bachelor’s degree — a double major in agriculture and business administration —from Murray State University in Murray, KY. Prior to being named Dean in 2009, he was the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics and served as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in food and agribusiness management. He served as interim vice provost for engagement at Purdue in 2007–08. An award-winning teacher, his research has examined the buying behavior of commercial agricultural producers, innovations in marketing strategies by agribusiness firms, and adoption of new technology by agribusiness. ​

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