Dr. Jay Akridge was appointed Dean of Agriculture in January 2009.
As dean he is responsible for administering academic programs in the
College of Agriculture, the Indiana Agricultural Experiment
Station, the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and a number of
state regulatory services, including the State Chemist’s Office and
the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
Prior to being named dean, Dr. Akridge 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 (a partnership with the
Kelley School of Business at Indiana University). He served as
interim vice provost for engagement at Purdue in 2007–08.
Dr. Akridge was named a University Faculty Scholar in
2000. In 1996, he received the Charles Murphy Award for
Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching — Purdue’s highest teaching
award. He was added to the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers
in 2003 and was also awarded the USDA Food and Ag Science Excellence
in Teaching Award that year.
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. He has worked with agribusiness managers in the areas of
strategy and marketing in more than 20 countries including
Lithuania, Hungary, Australia, Argentina, Cameroon, and China.
Dr. Akridge received his doctorate in agricultural
economics in 1986 from Purdue University specializing in marketing and
finance. His master’s degree in agricultural economics with an
emphasis in agribusiness management and finance is also from Purdue.
Dr. Akridge earned his bachelor’s degree — a double major in
agriculture and business administration — in 1982 from Murray State
University in Murray, KY.
A native Kentuckian, his family owns and operates a third-generation retail farm supply business in Fredonia, Ky.