The Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), a department of Clemson’s Public Service Activities, recently named Joseph P. Krausz as their new department head.

Krausz comes to Clemson University from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he served as the associate department head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology since 1997. He also served as a professor and an Extension plant pathologist while at Texas A&M.

Krausz is no stranger to tiger territory. From 1978 until 1986 he worked as an assistant/associate professor and Extension plant pathologist for Clemson at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. After leaving Clemson, Krausz served as the head of the Honduran Foundation for Agricultural Research in La Lima, Honduras, before joining A&M in 1989.

Krausz received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He received both his master’s degree and his doctorate degree in plant pathology from Cornell University .

"I am both excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of South Carolina as Head of the Department of Pesticide Regulation at Clemson University ,” states Krausz. “For me,” he continues, “returning to South Carolina after a number of years will be like coming home."

“We are excited to have Joseph Krausz onboard,” stated Neil Ogg, associate vice-president for Clemson University Public Service Activities. “DPR provides a great opportunity for someone with Dr. Krausz’s experience and leadership skills to assist in continuing our over 100 year-old commitment to the people of South Carolina.”