GREENE NAMED ANIMAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT HEAD
L. Wayne Greene--a professor of animal science, a Regents Fellow in the Texas A&M University System and a Faculty Fellow for the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (TAES)--has been tapped as the new head of the Auburn University College of Agriculture's Department of Animal Sciences. He will assume the duties on March 1.
Greene, who has 23 years of experience in the land-grant system, grew up in Cleveland County, N.C. After graduating from high school in 1969, Greene joined the U.S. Navy and served on board the USS El Paso until 1973.
Following military service, he spent his freshman year at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., then transferred to North Carolina State University (NCSU) as a sophomore. Greene received his bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from NCSU in 1977 and 1979, respectively. He earned the Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1981 and joined the faculty at Texas A&M that same year as an assistant professor, working on the main A&M campus in College Station, Texas. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and to full professor in 1993.
In 1997, he was named the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station's (TAES's) Beef Cattle Program leader at Amarillo and moved his research program to the Texas Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Amarillo. At that time he also joined the faculty of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and became an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University. In 2003, he was honored with the title of Regents Faculty Fellow, one of the highest academic honors bestowed on Texas A&M University System faculty.
Through the years he has been involved in all aspects of the land-grant mission--as a teacher for both undergraduate and graduate classes, as a research scientist and as an Extension specialist.
Most recently, Greene has been responsible for initiating and conducting basic and targeted research in beef cattle nutrition, with emphasis on mineral utilization and metabolism. His current research focuses in areas of mineral nutrition and livestock health, nutrient cycling in concentrated animal feeding operations and growth and development of livestock.
Graduate student education through the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University and the Division of Agriculture at West Texas A&M University also has been a key priority for Greene. Throughout his career he has been heavily involved in teaching, and in recent years he has focused on co-teaching graduate-level distance education classes for students throughout the Texas A&M system.
In addition to his academic duties, Greene also has been active in leadership roles for a variety of professional societies, including the American Society of Animal Science, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientist (ARPAS) and the Plains Nutrition Council. He currently serves as treasurer of ARPAS.
In his role at Auburn, Greene will draw on his experience as a scientist, educator and leader as he heads the AU Department of Animal Sciences. "I am excited about working with the livestock industry in Alabama and am looking forward to leading the Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University to serve animal agriculture and science needs of the state and nation," he said.
He also is excited about moving back east. "Traveling through Alabama and visiting with the people involved in animal agriculture throughout this state, I have realized that I'm not just moving from Texas; I'm moving home," Greene said.
Michael Weiss, dean of the AU College of Agriculture, said he is extremely pleased that Greene has accepted the position.
"I look forward to him taking an already exceptional department to new levels of excellence," Weiss said.