The winner of a prestigious award for research and education from the Society of American Florists award has been appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
John Dole, Ph.D., won SAF’s Alex Laurie award in 2014.
“Dr. Dole’s accomplishments in the classroom and laboratory clearly reflect those of the individuals before him who have received the Alex Laurie Award,” said Marvin Miller, Ph.D., AAF, of Ball Horticultural Co., in West Chicago, Ill., during the awards presentation. “He has been a recognized leader in developing new production and post-harvest procedures for a wide range of cut flowers and other floral crops.” Read more.
Dole, who has served as interim associate dean at N.C. State since October 2016, has been a faculty member at the university for 17 years. He was head of the Department of Horticultural Science for five years and director of graduate programs for eight years. His research has focused on flowering and postharvest physiology, specifically related to commercial cut flowers and bedding and potted plants.
In announcing the appointment, Dean Richard Linton said, “John has been a tremendous leader for CALS, as a faculty member, a department head, and most recently as the interim associate dean for academic programs.
“In the past year, John has led a number of significant projects, helping the college strengthen our student access programs and building recruitment efforts for our undergraduate students,” Linton said. “I look forward to welcoming John as an official member of my administrative team.”
Dole holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to NC State, he served on the faculty at Oklahoma State University from 1989 until 2000.
He is president of the American Society for Horticultural Science and a founding member of the Seed Your Future campaign to promote horticulture and increase enrollment in university horticulture programs.