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Source: Purdue University news release

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has ratified the appointment of Allan Gray as the Agriculture Chair of Excellence in Engagement.

Gray has been at Purdue since 1998 and is director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS/MBA in food and agricultural business program. He also is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Under Gray's leadership, the innovative engagement activities of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business have contributed immensely to the food and agribusiness industries through professional development programs, the MS-MBA in food and agribusiness, and applied research, said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture.

"Dr. Gray is highly deserving of this appointment," Akridge said. "He has a distinguished career and is a key leader in the agribusiness community locally, nationally and internationally."

Ken Foster, agricultural economics department head, called Gray the "ideal engagement professor."

"Dr. Gray's efforts build on synergies between the research, engagement and teaching enterprises of Purdue University," Foster said "He listens to stakeholders whose needs influence his research and very effectively delivers the knowledge he creates to both business executives and students."

Gray has written 36 journal articles and has 31 Extension-related publications. He has received the American Agricultural Economics Association's Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award, the Purdue Dean's Team Award, the United States Distance Learning Association's Excellence in Distance Teaching Award and the American Agricultural Economics Association's Extension Group Award.

Mike Boehlje, a distinguished professor of agricultural economics, said Gray has "the classic land-grant mission at the heart of his work - a focus on discovery to inform, education and engagement."

"He is creative in informing his outreach/engagement programs with well documented research/discovery initiatives, and in blending the latest in distance delivery techniques with traditional discussion/dialogue to communicate with his audiences," Boehlje said.

About the Center for Food and Agricultural Business

The Center for Food and Agricultural Business, housed within the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, is a leader among educational providers in the food and agribusiness sectors. The center's award-winning faculty and staff have designed and delivered professional development education since 1986. Learn more at

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