Rick Bennett

Rick Bennett, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

Phone (859) 257-3333
Fax (859) 257-3393

S-129 Agricultural Science Building North
Lexington KY 40546-0091

Professional Profile

Dr. Bennett joined the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment as Associate Dean for Research on June 1, 2015.  He also serves as Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and supervises several support programs critical to Kentucky’s agricultural economy, including the Division of Regulatory Services, UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, the Research and Education Center at Princeton, and the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Quicksand, as well as the academic units within the College.    

Dr. Bennett came to UK from the University of Arkansas, College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and the Division of Agriculture, where he served as Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology.  In that position, he has worked extensively with commodity boards and stakeholder groups.                

Previously, Dr. Bennett spent over 17 years in various positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, including National Program Leader for Plant Health in which he provided leadership for visioning and strategic planning.      

Dr. Bennett has been actively engaged in several national research initiatives including the formation of the U.S. Culture Collection Network.  He has engaged prominent leaders in U.S. research communities from government, academia and industry to build interdisciplinary coalitions to address emerging challenges in agriculture.  Dr. Bennett has been an advocate for agricultural research in public policy forums and currently serves as President of the American Phytopathological Society.  

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