Michael Wagger has been named head of the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

His appointment, announced recently by Johnny Wynne, dean of the College, is retroactive to Dec. 1, 2006. Wagger had served throughout 2006 as interim department head.

"We appreciate Michael Wagger's leadership during this period," Wynne said.

Wagger, a professor in the Department of Soil Science since 1997, was associate professor from 1991 to 1997 and assistant professor from 1989 to 1991 in the same department. From 1985 to 1989, he was assistant professor in the Department of Crop Science. Prior to that he was a specialist/researcher with North Carolina Cooperative Extension in the Department of Crop Science from 1983 to 1985.

A member of the American Society of Agronomy, both the Soil Science Society of America and of North Carolina, Gamma Sigma Delta and Sigma Xi, Wagger received the university's Faculty Resource Development Award in 2002. He also was named an American Society of Agronomy fellow in 2002.

Wagger holds a 1983 Ph.D. in soil fertility from Kansas State University, and a 1979 M.S. in soil science and a 1977 B.S. in agronomy from the University of Kentucky.