Dr. Christine Waddill
Tropical Research & Education Center Director and Plant Pathology Professor
Dr. Christine Waddill currently serves as Center Director for the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) as of October 2010. Before coming to TREC she was the Center Director for the Belle Glade Research and Education Center. She joined the faculty at the University of Florida as Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service on August 23, 1995 and stepped down as Dean on October 3, 2003. Originally from Rochester, New York, Dr. Waddill received her B.A. from Smith College in 1975 and her M.S. and Ph.D., in the field of plant pathology, from the Ohio State University.
In October of 1978, she joined the faculty of Michigan State University, in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, as an Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor. She assumed administrative responsibilities as project leader of the Extension group and supervisor of the Multi-disciplinary Clinic in 1980. For 10 years she conducted an Extension and Research Program in identification of disease pathogens, disease development and control of vegetable and floriculture disease problems. She became a full professor in that department in 1989.
She began an Extension Administrative Internship in November of 1988 which ended when she was appointed Assistant to the Director in February of 1989. She continued in this capacity until June 1990 when she was asked to serve as Acting Assistant Director of the Agriculture and Marketing Program in the Cooperative Extension Service with Michigan State University. In May of 1992, she was selected as the Assistant Dean and Program Director for the newly created Agriculture and Natural Resource Director position and served in that position until she accepted the appointment to her current position.