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.

Dr. G. W. Forster portraitDr. 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.

H. Brooks James portraitH. Brooks James portrait
1957 C. E. Bishop

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

Charles E. Bishop portraitCharles 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