US (NC): Plant Science Initiative hires executive director

Adrian Percy is set to become the first executive director of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI): a research and innovation effort.

On November 1, Percy will begin leading the N.C. PSI, which uses interdisciplinary, team-based research to address challenges intersecting agriculture and society, such as making the world’s dwindling farmland acreage more productive and developing new varieties, technologies, and practices.

Adrian Percy 

"NC State is so fortunate to have recruited Dr. Adrian Percy as the inaugural Executive Director of the N.C. PSI,” said Richard Linton, dean of NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). “Adrian has a keen understanding of the strategies needed to promote agricultural innovation and a dedicated interest to translate this scientific information to farmers and the agricultural industry. Our college and university look forward to working with him to solidify North Carolina and NC State as the global hub for plant science innovation.”

Percy, who will be leaving his position as Chief Technology Officer at UPL says he was drawn to N.C. PSI for its potential to positively impact agriculture and society. “I have always sought opportunities to be part of change in the food and agricultural sector, and this initiative certainly qualifies,” Percy said. “Through the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative, NC State will raise the university’s international profile while delivering a real and positive impact for growers and rural communities in North Carolina and beyond.”

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