Dr. Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang

N.C. A&T Announces W.K. Kellogg Endowed Professor for College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang as the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Professor in Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems, effective August 1.

She hails most recently from the University of Vermont, as a professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Her record of scholarship and outreach includes: developing a community entrepreneurship curriculum, receiving more than $5 million in grants to design and implement research across institutional disciplines; consulting local and national producers, growers and entrepreneurs; developing a series of service/experiential learning programs that integrate science-based research and innovative teaching into outreach; and serving on boards and committees for rural development, agricultural enterprise, and small business development.

“Dr. Liang’s well-established background in sustainable agriculture and small-business outreaches are a wonderful fit for our program and its mission to advance agricultural-based education and engagement,” says Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

Through the CAES endowed chair, Liang’s duties will include helping to develop outreach and programs that enhance sustainable-agriculture practices and education. In addition to producing scholarly publications, she will also mentor junior CAES faculty as well as Cooperative Extension agents. Along with administering the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems through its Cooperative Extension Program, the CAES also administers the Agricultural Research Program, as well as undergraduate and graduate academic programs in agricultural education and economics, biological engineering, family sciences, food and nutritional sciences, sustainable land management, environmental studies, landscape architecture and urban horticulture. The college is strongly focused on sustainable agricultural innovations for small-scale rural and urban farmers and growers, through its Local Food and Health Initiative.

The W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair for Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems in the CAES, was established through a $1.5 million contribution from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the world's largest private charitable trusts, established in 1930 by the eponymously named breakfast-cereal pioneer.