Philip Morris Professor

(Decemer 2017) Dr. Bob Pearce, has been named as a Philip Morris Professor.  This prestigious endowed professorship is awarded to faculty who have made substantial contributions to the advancement of tobacco research and extension.  Pearce has designed and implemented applied field trials on many aspects of burley tobacco production including float plant production, fertilization, conservation tillage, and chemical topping.  He has conducted over 200 on-farm trials or demonstrations in 76 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The knowledge and experience gained in these trials has been used to develop numerous extension presentations and publications.  “The goal of my program is to support tobacco growers with high quality information to help produce high quality burley tobacco as efficiently as possible” says Pearce.  He also serves as the lead editor of the multi-state extension publication “Burley and Dark Tobacco Production Guide” and is Editor in Chief of the journal Tobacco Science.  

Bob Pearce, Philip Morris Professor


S. Lawrence and Elizabeth Ritchey Yost Lea Professorship in Plant and Soil Sciences

This is an endowed professorship established by Elizabeth Ritchey Yost Lea.

The Yost Lea Professorship is awarded to a faculty member who:

  1. Is tenured and holds the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  2. Has research interests clearly linked to Plant and Soil Science with emphasis first on wheat or white corn, or second, other grain crops.
  3. Is recognized as an outstanding leader in the area of Plant and Soil Science.
  4. Contributes to the advancement of new knowledge; and
  5. Has a strong research program underway involving other faculty, staff, and students of the university.

 

Dr. Chad Lee

Dr. Chad Lee - 2017-2018 Yost Lea Professor

The previous Yost Lea Professor was Dr. David Van Sanford.


John H. Heick Professorship in Soil Science

Established by Betty Jo Denton Heick, the Heick Professorship is awarded to a faculty member who:

  1. Conducts research in an area of soil sciences;
  2. Is recognized as an outstanding leader in that field;
  3. Contributes to the advancement of new knowledge; and
  4. Has a strong research program underway involving other faculty, staff, and students.

Dr. Ole Wendroth

Dr. Ole Wendroth - 2017-2018 John. H. Heick Professor


Harold R. Burton Endowed Professorship in Plant Biochemistry was endowed by the donation of shares of Star Scientific, Inc.

The Burton Professorship is awarded to a faculty member who:

  1. Conducts research in the area of plant biochemistry;
  2. Is recognized as an outstanding leader in that field;
  3. Contributes to the advancement of new knowledge; and
  4. Has a strong research program underway involving other faculty, staff and students.

Previous Burton Professors have been Dr. Harold Burton and Dr. Joseph Chappell.