Pending approval by the board of trustees, Jay Akridge has been named the next Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University. Akridge has been serving as interim dean since former dean Randy Woodson was named Purdue's provost last May.
"Jay is an excellent leader who has a clear vision for Purdue Agriculture," Woodson said in announcing the appointment. "He is a very positive force who has the ability to build on the outstanding quality of one of the nation's leading agricultural institutions."
Akridge will be responsible for administering academic and research programs in the College of Agriculture and the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station; outreach through the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and International Programs in Agriculture; and will oversee a number of state regulatory services, including the Office of Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
"Agriculture plays an important role in Indiana's economic vitality," Akridge said. "The state looks to us to grow leaders to create new enterprises, provide expertise to help the industry remain globally competitive, and be a valued partner in youth and rural development. This is our charge and is what the people of Purdue Agriculture are passionate about."
Woodson said Akridge was selected following a national search from which three candidates were chosen for campus interviews. Woodson thanked the committee, headed by Willie Reed, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, for its good work.
"Dr. Akridge received widespread support from the university community and Purdue Agriculture's many stakeholders," Reed said. "He impressed the search committee with his vision for the future of the college."