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Dr. L. George Wilson

George Wilson

Contact Information

Department of Horticultural Science
164 Kilgore Hall, Campus Box 7609
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

Office Phone: 919.515.1201
Fax: 919.515.2505

General Information

Dr. Wilson joined the Horticultural Science faculty at North Carolina State University in March 1975 -- with statewide Extension responsibilities for Sweetpotato and Potato programs.  

A native of Niagara County, NY, George earned his B.S. in Pomology/Agricultural Economics at Cornell University, his M.S. in Horticulture at Washington State University, and his Ph.D. in Postharvest Horticulture at Michigan State University.

Prior to coming to NC State, Dr. Wilson worked for nine years as Research Postharvest Physiologist and Technology Transfer Specialist (bananas and other tropical fruits) for the Division of Tropical Research of United Fruit Company (Chiquita International, LLP) in La Lima, Cortes, Honduras -- plus other banana divisions in Middle America -- where he learned Spanish.

In 1982 Dean Edward Legates appointed Dr. Wilson to a one year assignment as Deputy Chief of Party for Extension for the NC State University U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Research, Extension and Education (REE) Project in Lima, Peru.

In 1983 he resumed his previous Horticultural Science responsibilities, plus he established the statewide Postharvest Physiology/Technology Extension program.

In 1990 Dr. Wilson was selected as the first ASHS/AAAS (American Society for Horticultural Science / American Association for the Advancement of Science) Congressional Science Fellow -- where he worked at the heart of the legislative process as Senior Science Advisor/Legislative Assistant to North Carolina Senator Terry Sanford.

In 1991 Dean Durward Bateman reassigned Dr. Wilson to Peru for two years as Chief of Party of the NC State USAID Applied Technology Transformation (ATT) project -- and transferred his position to the Office of International Programs (OIP) of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).

In 1992, due to unrest related to terrorism, the U.S. Embassy in Peru terminated our USAID ATT project and our long-standing NC State ‘Mision Carolina’. Because there was no available position in the OIP at that time …..

In 1993, Dean Bateman encouraged Dr. Wilson to accept a seven month assignment in Bulgaria with the USDA/FAS (Foreign Agricultural Service) Bulgarian American Extension Project.

By 1994 the OIP staffing situation had not changed, so he was reassigned to the Horticultural Science Department with new extension responsibilities including Postharvest Physiology and Technology and Greenhouse Vegetables -- plus engagement as the departmental representative for the establishment of the Organic Unit of the new NC State, NC A&T State Univ., NCDA&CS Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)

In 1997 Dean Bateman appointed him as Coordinator for International Programs for CALS.

In 2002 Provost Stuart Cooper appointed Dr. Wilson as Vice Provost for University International Affairs.

In 2006 he was selected as Senior Advisor for University Relations and Agricultural Research, Training and Outreach for the Office of Agriculture of USAID/Washington -- through a two year Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) between NC State and USAID.

In 2008, Dr. Wilson returned to the Department -- with responsibilities which include teaching Postharvest Physiology, HS 462/562.

In 2009 he was appointed to represent NC State on the Program Council of the USAID Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) and elected to the Hort CRSP International Advisory Board -- currently serving as chair (2010-2012).

Dr. Wilson’s traditional and non-traditional contributions to North Carolina State University have been diverse -- while adding value to the mission of one of the leading Horticultural Science Departments in the United States.

A member of ASHS since 1962, Dr. Wilson was elected President in 2003, its Centennial year, was elected Fellow of the Society in 1992 and named Outstanding International Horticulturist in 2008.

Dr. Wilson is married to Claudia (Cochrane) Wilson -- they have three children and five grandchildren.

Publications (Scholarly Publications Repository)