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Phil Mulder named head of OSU entomology and plant pathology

Oklahoma State University’s Phil Mulder has been named head of the department of entomology and plant pathology, part of the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The department has teaching, research and extension responsibilities based on it being part of the division, which is comprised of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and two statewide agencies: the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

“Dr. Mulder has an outstanding record of accomplishment in all three aspects of the land-grant mission and is highly regarded by his professional peers and industry groups, not only in Oklahoma but throughout the nation,” said Robert E. Whitson, vice president, dean and director of the division.

As department head, Mulder will provide leadership for planning, developing, integrating and implementing departmental teaching, research, extension and international programs; diversity efforts of the department in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, staff and students; and the pursuit of competitive grants, research contracts, gifts and other special funding to include endowments for scholarships, fellowships, chairs and professorships.

Mulder joined the division in 1985 as an OSU Cooperative Extension area entomology specialist, first serving out of the Cordell office and then moving to the Duncan office in 1987.

In 1995 Mulder joined the OSU faculty as an assistant professor in the department and began serving as an OSU Cooperative Extension state entomologist. Mulder was promoted to associate professor and then full professor status in 2002 and 2004, respectively.

Since 1995, Mulder has generated approximately $2 million in research and demonstration plot funding. He served as the department’s Cooperative Extension program coordinator from 1999 through late January 2009, when his appointment as department head was ratified by the Board of Regents. Mulder also served as department representative on the OSU Agriculture Faculty Council from 2003-2005, which he led as chairperson from 2004-2005.

“The ultimate goal of our extension and research programs is to provide science-based educational opportunities to our rural and urban stakeholders, whether it’s related to the profitability and sustainability of a farm enterprise, a homeowner being bugged by insect or plant disease problems or any other type of entomological or plant pathogen activity,” Mulder said. “We use verifiable science to provide the best possible solutions.”

He serves as treasurer of the Entomological Society of America. His other professional affiliations include the Society of Southwestern Entomologists, Oklahoma Pecan Grower’s Association and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture.

Mulder earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in entomology from Iowa State University in 1984 and 1981, respectively, and his bachelor’s degree in science education from Michigan’s Ferris State College in 1978.

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