Dr. Sam Pardue, head of the Department of Poultry Science at N.C. State University, has been appointed as interim associate dean and director of Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1.
He replaces Dr. Ken Esbenshade, who is returning to the Animal Science Department after 11 years as associate dean.
Pardue has served as head of the Poultry Science Department since July 2005. Before serving as department head, he was undergraduate coordinator and a faculty member of poultry science. Pardue earned three degrees from N.C. State: bachelor’s degree in poultry science and master’s degree and doctorate in physiology. His post-doctoral training was in genetics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
He has published 35 journal series articles and 49 scientific abstracts. He has been an invited speaker at symposia held in Mexico, Costa Rica, Switzerland, and Australia. His primary research interests include primordial germ cell biology and in ovo manipulation of broilers and turkeys.
In addition, Pardue has received numerous honors and awards. He has been named Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, named to the N.C. State Academy of Outstanding Teachers and received a Graduate Student Certificate for Outstanding Teaching at N.C. State. He also received the CALS Kris Study Leave Award. Sam is the son of Lloyd and Joan Pardue of Yadkinville.