Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

1890s

  • 1897 Agricultural Economics curriculum established

1920s

  • 1923 Agricultural Administration curriculum established

    A four-year program in Agricultural Administration is created within the department of Business Administration.

  • 1923 G. W. Forster

    Forster is hired as a professor of agricultural economics. He eventually become department head, serving until 1950.

  • DefaultDr. G. W. Forster portrait
  • 1927 Department of Agricultural Economics established

    Agricultural Administration curriculum becomes a full department, and is named the Department of Agricultural Economics.

1930s

  • 1930 (circa) Rural Sociology Department merges with the Agricultural Economics Department

    The result of this merger was the creation of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department.

1940s

  • 1949 Female faculty increases

    Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.

1950s

  • 1950 H. Brooks James

    James becomes department head. He serves in the position until 1957.

  • DefaultH. Brooks James portrait
  • 1957 C. E. Bishop

    Bishop becomes department head. He serves in the position until 1966

  • DefaultCharles E. Bishop portrait
  • 1959 Jim Hunt graduates

    Hunt later earned an MS in 1962. He became the 69th and 71st Governor of North Carolina (1977–1985, and 1993–2001), making him the state's longest service chief executive.

1960s

  • 1965 Department of Economics

    The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology merges with the Department of Economics, keeping the latter name.

  • 1967 W. D. Toussaint

    Toussaint becomes department head. He serves in the position until 1981.

1980s

  • 1981 Dale M. Hoover

    Hoover becomes department head. He serves in the position until 1990.

1990s

  • 1990 Economics and Sociology programs split into separate departments
  • 1990 Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics created

    New Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics created in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • 1990 Ronald Schrimper, interim head

    He served until 1991.

  • 1991 Jon Brandt

    Brandt becomes department head. He served in the position until 2012.

2010s

  • 2013 Charles Safley becomes department head