YOU NEED TO KNOW: Dave Williams
Meet Dave Williams, head of the horticulture department and acting associate dean for instruction. Williams graduated from Auburn University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in—you guessed it—horticulture. He returned home to Tallahassee, Florida, and worked for his family’s business before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and finally returning to Auburn and earning a master’s degree—again, in horticulture—in 1985. He worked in Auburn with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System until 1987, then moved to the Ohio State University where he earned his doctorate—yep, in horticulture—in 1991. He then returned to Auburn University as a faculty member in 1991. Outside of work, Williams enjoys gardening (although his enjoyment has diminished over the years), watching college football, traveling and spending time with family.
What drew you to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
I grew up in a family florist and greenhouse business in Tallahassee, Florida, and I was interested in horticulture from the time I was very young. Auburn and the University of Florida are about the same distance from home. Auburn horticulture was by far the best fit for me, and I have been part of the Auburn family since!
What advice do you have for students looking at Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
We claim it all the time, but there truly is something special about the Auburn Family. And if you want to experience the Auburn Family in its purest form, there is no better place than the College of Agriculture!
What is your favorite Auburn tradition? What has been your most exciting moment here at Auburn?
The battle cry, War Eagle, and those world-wide War Eagle moments! The 2010 National Championship game in Arizona! Although, I admit the Kick-Six was pretty intense.
What is it like being the department head of horticulture?
Every day is an adventure. Just when I think I have it all figured out, there is the unforeseen wrinkle. But, I am blessed to be working with very tolerant and caring faculty, staff and students! That makes the work more than just a job!