Edward Scott Hagood Jr., professor of weed science in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and weed management specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1981, Hagood provided statewide leadership in the development of weed control programs for Virginia’s agronomic crops. During his tenure, he gave more than 1,100 Extension presentations throughout the commonwealth, the mid-Atlantic region, and the Southeastern United States.

Hagood directed the research of six master’s and seven Ph.D students, served on more than 40 graduate degree committees, and lectured in both graduate and undergraduate courses.

In addition, Hagood has been principal or co-principal investigator on research grants for weed control strategies impacting the state and beyond, bringing visibility to the university through his work. He has authored and co-authored more than 70 refereed journal articles and abstracts and more than 60 Extension publications.

Hagood has been active in regional and national professional societies and state agricultural organizations and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his service, some of which include the Virginia Agribusiness Council Outstanding Extension Service Award, the Virginia Soybean Association Meritorious Service Award, the Northeastern Weed Science Society Educator of the Year Award, and the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.

He received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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