Leslie Edgar, associate professor in the agricultural education, communications and technology department, has been named director of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences office of international programs at the University of Arkansas.
Edgar will serve as the primary contact for Bumpers College students interested in international experiences, will create awareness of international opportunities associated with their majors, and inform students of funding opportunities on campus to help offset expenses.
She will work with the UA office of study abroad and international exchange. She will also assist Dean Mike Vayda in setting policy and direction for international experiences to enhance marketability and professional career objectives for students.
“Leslie will be fantastic in this role,” said Vayda. “We were looking for someone to lead the program who will develop career opportunities for our students, and I am confident she will connect students with opportunities that will best serve them and our corporate partners.”
Edgar replaces food science professor Andy Proctor, who served in the role since 2011.
“I plan to work one-on-one with faculty and students to identify premier programs and target countries for growth. I am looking forward to working with both experienced and interested faculty to identify areas for program improvement, diversification, and, if possible, growth.”
In 2012, Edgar initiated an international student exchange and internship program with the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and the University of Ghent. The program has been featured as an exemplary example of a study abroad experience in the college.
Edgar earned a doctorate in agricultural leadership, education and communications from Texas A&M University in 2007. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in animal science, both from Utah State University.
She has garnered 23 awards for teaching and scholarly activities. Edgar received the John W. White Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013, one of the highest teaching recognitions at the university. She also received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit in 2013.