BLACKSBURG, Va., April 8, 2011 – William A. (Alex) White, an instructor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow of the Kohl Agribusiness Centre by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
White will hold the fellowship for a period of three years.
The Kohl Agribusiness Centre was founded to honor David M. Kohl for his 25 years as a professor of agricultural finance and small business management and entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Kohl was well known for engaging students in hands-on research and problem solving while simultaneously addressing the needs of agricultural and rural entrepreneurs. The Kohl Junior Faculty Fellowship facilitates undergraduate experiential learning opportunities that integrate research and extension to solve real world business problems.
White has almost 20 years of experience in working with students, producers, and industry groups from Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region. He currently serves as an instructor with teaching and extension responsibilities. His teaching and extension programs in the areas of finance, small business management, entrepreneurship, and marketing, work to improve Virginia agriculture.
He has dedicated his teaching career to providing students with practical applications of economic and business principles. Aside from incorporating real-world case studies into his courses, he regularly invites his students to participate in Extension programs. The students provide farm and agribusiness managers with creative solutions to a variety of business issues based on what they have learned in academic courses, original research they conduct, and a team approach that is based on the experience, knowledge, and skills of diverse student groups.
He received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the Ohio State University.
Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.