Skip to Main Content

Purdue Agriculture dean appoints interim animal sciences department head

Bernie Engel, Purdue University’s Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, has appointed Paul Ebner as interim head of the Department of Animal Sciences, effective October 24. Ebner replaces John Blanton who left Purdue to become director of South Dakota State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for research for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Ebner is a professor of animal sciences, and has been in the Purdue Animal Sciences Department for 17 years. He specializes in food safety, animal health and international agricultural extension. While at Purdue, Ebner received the 2022 Lowell S. Hardin Award for Excellence in International Agriculture.


Paul Ebner receiving award Paul Ebner, middle, stands with Karen Plaut and Gerald Shively as he receives the 2022 Lowell S. Hardin Award for Excellence in International Agriculture.

Ebner graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. in animal sciences from the University of Tennessee. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the LSU Health Sciences Center, where he studied microbiology and immunology.

The Purdue Animal Sciences Department wishes former department head John Blanton well in his new role at South Dakota State University.

Featured Stories

The walnut plantation at Martell Forest.
Detection & Prediction: How technology is fighting a future of tree diseases and invasive insects

The black walnut tree (Juglans nigra), prized for its rich, dark color in hardwood furniture and...

Read More
Bees on a honey comb
Research team explores genomic options to enhance honeybee resilience

Beekeepers lose between 30% and 40% of their colonies annually, mostly to parasites and...

Read More
Bello-Bravo, Pittendrigh and Medendorp (right) met with Maximo Torero (second from right), chief economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, at the World Food Forum in Rome
Book offers on-the-ground lessons in international development

A new book by a Purdue team that is impacting extension around the world is designed to help...

Read More
Purdue College of Agriculture.
Farmer sentiment improves, producers credit stronger financial conditions

Agricultural producers’ sentiment increased for the second consecutive month, as the Purdue...

Read More
Students gather at Purdue Summer Science Program on campus at Purdue
Donation takes Summer Science Program to the next level

If you’re on Purdue’s campus in the summer, you may notice a group of students...

Read More
Mary Strickland
Mary Strickland - Graduate Ag Research Spotlight

Mary Strickland is a lifelong animal lover — so much so that she admits to occasionally...

Read More
To Top