The Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will conclude his career at NC State University after a more than 50 year association with NC State at the end of June. Dean Wynn says there have been many changes since 1961:
Wynn: I’ll be retiring on June the 30th, and I actually have been at NC State since 1961, I started as a student and I never left.
SFN: Oh, my stars, now are you a native of North Carolina?
Wynn: Came from Martin County, a little community called Beargrass.
SFN: Let’s talk a little bit about some of the changes that you’ve seen at State over the last almost 51 years.
Wynn: The changes are dramatic, it came from a small, almost all male school, to one where it’s almost 50/50 male-female, and the size is just so much larger.
SFN: The Department of Agriculture had to have seen some phenomenal changes in those years because agricultural production has changed so much.
Wynn: We’ve diversified agriculture in the state, things are certainly much different than they were. But, we are now working in a global market place, which is quite different than it was many years ago.
SFN: Absolutely. And of course, the production end of agriculture has changed a lot.
Wynn: Well, we reduced the amount of labor and are using high technology, but the inputs are very high but the outcome is also very good.
SFN: And then we trust that State have kept up with those changes.
Wynn: We have in North Carolina, we have the Farm Bureau, the Department of Agriculture, University and others working together to make sure that we’re in the forefront of agriculture.
SFN: Will you share with us how you intend to spend your time?
Wynn: My wife’s concerned that I’ll be home 24/7.
SFN: That’s probably a valid concern. Well, we wish you all the best. Will you be staying in the Raleigh area?
Wynn: Yes, I have two kids in college, so I’ll be here for a while.
SFN: Great. And we do wish you al the best as well.
Wynn: Thank you.
A nation-wide executive search committee for a replacement for Dean Wynn will be formed this spring.