News Release: Anderson

Joseph Anderson

July 30, 2010

Joseph M. Anderson, an adjunct professor at Purdue University and a research molecular biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will head Purdue's Department of Agronomy starting Oct. 1.

His appointment was announced Friday (July 30) by Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture.

"I am very enthusiastic about the future of the Agronomy Department under Joe's leadership," Akridge said. "His vision for the department, his perspective on departmental issues, the respect he has earned from his fellow scientists and his inclusive approach to decision-making will serve the department and the College of Agriculture well."

Anderson has been at Purdue since 1994, when he was an adjunct assistant professor of agronomy as well as botany and plant pathology. He became an adjunct associate professor in 2003 and an adjunct professor in 2009.

Anderson has been a research molecular biologist for the crop production and pest control research unit of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, based at Purdue, since 1994. He has been a lead scientist in the unit since 2000.

He previously held research positions at Montana State University, Cornell University and Washington State University.

Anderson received a bachelor of science degree in biology from St. Bonaventure University in 1980, a master's degree in microbiology from Iowa State University in 1983 and a doctoral degree in genetics from Iowa State in 1987.

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Source: Jay Akridge, 765-494-0484

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