After serving for the past year as the acting head of research for Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources Sciences, Scot Hulbert has been named as full associate dean for the position, following a candidate search.
Hulbert is a WSU alumnus and plant pathologist who has led ag research at WSU for more than a decade. In his role as the Cook Endowed Chair in the Department of Plant Pathology, Hulbert led research into disease-resistant crop varieties. Disease resistance is a key defense against fast-evolving pathogens that can devastate Northwest agriculture.
His role has expanded to supervise scientific efforts college-wide, working on a safe and abundant food supply, energy innovation, better health for families and strong environmental stewardship.
In a media release announcing his new role, Hulbert noted that in his past year in the interim position, he was able to travel the state, meet growers and industry partners, and get a better understanding of every crop grown, from apples to wine. “I’ve learned a lot about the challenges that face our farms, food and environment. I look forward to building on those conversations, ensuring CAHNRS scientists and Extension experts have the support and strengths to solve challenges and grow a better future,” he said.
Right for the job
Added André-Denis Wright, dean of CAHNRS: “As an expert scientist, a native Washingtonian, a Cougar alumnus, and a dedicated leader and partner with growers, Scot stands out. He’s ideally placed to support and improve the college’s research and industry partnerships that ultimately improve lives for the people of Washington state and the world.”
Hulbert grew up on a family farm in western Washington, which led him to earn a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from WSU in 1980. He earned advanced degrees in vegetable crops and genetics from the University of California, Davis. And before returning to WSU as an endowed chair in 2006, Hulbert worked, taught and held leadership roles at Purdue University and Kansas State University.
In addition to research and teaching, he has held several service roles, and been elected as a fellow to the American Phytopathological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.