WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Hazel Wetzstein, professor of
horticulture at the University of Georgia, has been appointed professor and head
of Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape
The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was announced by Jay
Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture.
Wetzstein succeeds Robert Joly, who is returning to the
faculty after serving eight years as department head.
“Dr. Wetzstein is a respected scholar and thoughtful
leader,” Akridge said. “She made a deep and positive impression on the
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and the college during her
visits here, and I could not be more excited about the future of the department
under her leadership.”
Wetzstein received her bachelor’s degree in biology from
California State University in 1975 and doctorate in botany from the University
of California-Davis in 1978.
She first joined the biological sciences faculty at the
University of Nevada before moving in 1980 to the University of Georgia, where
she was promoted to professor in 1995. In addition to her work in the Department
of Horticulture there, she also was on the faculty in the School of Forest
Wetzstein’s research emphasis has been in plant growth and
development, reproductive biology, conservation and tissue culture, and
Akridge thanked Joly for his service as head of the
“I want to express my deepest appreciation to Dr. Bob Joly
for his eight years of service as department head,” Akridge said. “Bob has been
a passionate and effective leader and advocate for the Department of
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture during his tenure.”
The department has about 25 faculty members, enrolls about
170 undergraduate majors and 27 graduate students and has a strong research
portfolio. Faculty and staff through Purdue Extension serve the state’s green,
horticultural and specialty crops industries.
The landscape architecture undergraduate program is ranked
No. 3 in the nation by Design