Academy of Fellows

The Auburn University College of Agriculture Academy of Fellows was instituted in 2012 to recognize those members of our faculty and staff who have achieved the highest honor in their fields—being chosen as fellows in their respective societies.

The new academy, created by College of Agriculture Dean William Batchelor, will induct new members annually as other faculty and staff members become fellows in their societies. For more information about these fellows, view this pdf or select an individual listed below.

Distinguished Fellows

H. Allen Torbert; Research Leader for the USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences; Fellow, American Society of Agronomy (inducted in 2008) and Soil Science Society of America (inducted in 2009)


 Werner G. Bergen; Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences; Fellow, American Society of Animal Science (inducted in 2007) and American Society for Nutrition (inducted in 2012)

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 John Palmer Beasley Jr.; Professor and Head in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences; Fellow, American Peanut Research and Education Society (inducted in 2002) and American Society of Agronomy (inducted in 2003)


 S.F. “Sarge” Bilgili; Professor and Extension Scientist in the Department of Poultry Science; Fellow, Poultry Science Association (inducted in 2011)

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 Claude E. Boyd; Professor and Butler-Cunningham Eminent Scholar in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures; Fellow, World Aquaculture Society (inducted in 1995) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (inducted in 2010)

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David Bransby; Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Soils; Fellow, American Society of Agronomy (inducted in 1998)

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 Henry Fadamiro; Alumni Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology; Fellow, Royal Entomological Society (inducted in 2010)

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Oladiran Fasina; Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering; Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (inducted in 2014)


 Charles Gilliam; Professor in the Department of Horticulture; Fellow, International Plant Propagators Society (inducted in 2006)

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Elizabeth Guertal; Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Soils; Fellow, American Society of Agronomy (inducted in 2009), in the Crop Science Society of America (inducted in 2011) and Soil Science Society of America (inducted 2013)

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Gary D. Lemme; Director, Alabama Cooperative Extension System; Fellow, North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (inducted in 1984)

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Zhanjiang “John” Liu; Associate Dean for Research, Assistant Director and Professor in the College of Agriculture, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, respectively; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (inducted in 2007)

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Joseph J. Molnar; Professor and Coordinator in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and Office of International Agriculture, respectively; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (inducted in 2009)

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Rodrigo Rodriguez-Kabana; Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology; Fellow, The American Phytopathological Society (inducted in 1989), the Society of Nematology (inducted in 1990) and the Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (inducted in 1990)

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Lane D. Sauser; Chief Financial Officer for the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Agriculture; Fellow, Society for Advancement Management (inducted in 2004)

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Steven E. Taylor; Professor and Head, Department of Biosystems Engineering; Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (inducted in 2013)

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Joe Touchton; Professor and Head in the Department of Agronomy and Soils; Fellow, American Society of Agronomy (inducted in 1994)

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David Weaver; Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Soils; Fellow, American Society of Agronomy (inducted in 2009) and Crop Science Society of America (inducted in 2013)

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Wes Wood; Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Soils; Fellow, American Society of Agronomy (inducted in 1998) and the Soil Science Society of America (inducted in 2000)

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