Hulbert named Cook Endowed Chair at WSU

Scot H. Hulbert, interim head of the department of plant pathology at Kansas State University, will assume duties July 1, 2006, as the next R. James Cook Endowed Chair in Cropping Systems Pathology at Washington State University.

“The position is a joint appointment in the departments of crop and soil sciences and plant pathology,” said Daniel J. Bernardo, dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. “This is an excellent hire for both departments, as well as the entire plant science program. Since his acceptance, Dr. Hulbert was named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“Dr. Hulbert will not only be a great asset to WSU, but also to the agricultural industry of Washington state.”

Hulbert will teach and conduct research on wheat-based cropping systems in eastern Washington and any aspect of plant disease management, including ecology epidemiology and host-pathogen genetics. In addition, he is expected to provide leadership for a number of ongoing long-term cropping systems research projects.

“I am really excited about joining the college and starting to work with some of the fantastic research teams that are already in place,” Hulbert said.

Hulbert replaces R. James Cook who retired from WSU this past fall. Cook was appointed to the chair named in his honor in 1988. The position was created with funding from the Washington Wheat Commission.

Hulbert, a native of Mount Vernon, earned a bachelor’s of science degree in horticulture at WSU in 1979, a master’s of science in vegetable crops at the University of California at Davis in 1982 and a doctorate in genetics at Davis in 1987.

He joined the Kansas State faculty in 1989 after completing post- doctoral work at Purdue. He was promoted to professor in the department of plant pathology in 1998, named chair of the Genetics Graduate Program in 2003 and interim chair of his department in 2004.

Hulbert is the grandson of James H. Hulbert, a LaConner area farmer, who served as a Washington State University regent from 1921 to 1932, serving two terms as president of the board. Hulbert Hall, which houses the administrative offices of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, was named in his honor in 1985.

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