Auburn University alumnus Paul Patterson was named dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) Feb. 19. He has served as associate dean for instruction in the college for almost seven years.
“Dr. Patterson has an excellent connection with students, both in the classroom and in the field,” said Auburn Provost Timothy Boosinger, who announced Patterson’s selection. “His background in agricultural economics, especially in international research and marketing, will help Auburn continue its role as a leader in food production for the world. We look forward to his leadership.”
In his role as dean, Patterson will report to Boosinger; as director of the AAES, he will report to Auburn President Jay Gogue.
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said he was pleased with the announcement.
“As the state’s largest farm organization, we have a vested interest in the College of Agriculture and the experiment stations,” Parnell said. “We already enjoy a great relationship with Auburn University and Dr. Patterson. As a longtime friend, I know his leadership, vision and common sense will elevate the College of Agriculture to new heights.
“Dr. Patterson has a genuine love for Auburn University and Alabama farmers, and understands the important role the college and experiment stations play in helping farmers,” Parnell added.
Patterson, an Auburn native who graduated from the College of Agriculture in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and economics, returned to his alma mater in June 2009 to serve as associate dean of the college.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as dean and director,” he said. “The College of Agriculture and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station have very important legacies at Auburn University and across the state and nation. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff, our university partners and our stakeholders to strengthen the college and experiment station,” he said. “It is my goal to make sure Auburn is among the premier colleges of agriculture.”