Four members of the Louisiana State University AgCenter faculty have been named to positions of distinction — an endowed chair and endowed professorships in their areas of expertise. They are:

  • Rogers Leonard, professor and entomologist with the LSU AgCenter's Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro, La., was named to the Jack Hamilton Chair in Cotton Production.

  • Alexander M. “Sandy” Stewart, professor and Louisiana Extension cotton specialist at the Dean Lee Research Station, Alexandria, La., was named to the Tom and Martha Burch and Delta and Pine Land Co. Endowed Professorship in Extension Cotton Production and Genetics.

  • Don Boquet, professor and agronomist, also at the Macon Ridge Research Station, was named to the Jack E. and Henrietta Jones Endowed Professorship in Cotton Genetics, Production and/or Physiology;

  • Mike Stout, who is based at the LSU AgCenter's Baton Rouge campus, was named to the L.D. Newsom Professorship in Integrated Pest Management.

Leonard, the author of numerous research papers on insects that damage cotton, focuses his research on the development and implementation of insect pest management strategies in corn, cotton, grain sorghum and soybeans.

The Jack Hamilton Chair in Cotton Production was created by the Louisiana Cotton Producers Association, the Louisiana Independent Cotton Warehouse Association and the Louisiana Cotton Ginners Association to honor former National Cotton Council President Jack Hamilton from Lake Providence.

Stewart, a native of North Carolina, joined the faculty of the LSU AgCenter in 2000. His initial responsibilities were for cotton research in central Louisiana, and he has since taken on additional responsibilities as the statewide Extension cotton specialist for the AgCenter.

The Tom and Martha Burch and Delta and Pine Land Co. Professorship was funded by gift of land from the Burches and a matching pledge from Delta and Pine Land Co.

Boquet's research focuses on production systems and management practices for cotton, soybeans and grain crops to increase productivity or profitability of cropping systems under irrigated and non-irrigated culture.

Jones, a retired cotton researcher in the LSU AgCenter, is known throughout Louisiana, the United States and the world for his research in altering the genetics of cotton. A Georgia native, Jones received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia and earned his doctorate at LSU.

Henrietta Jones also contributed to the cotton research program at LSU, serving for many years as a laboratory assistant in the LSU AgCenter's Cotton Fiber Laboratory.

Stout's research covers such topics as management of insect pests of rice, the biochemical and physiological bases of plant resistance to insects, induced resistance to insects, and management of mosquitoes in rice fields.

Dr. L. Dale Newsom, for whom the professorship is named, had a long and prestigious teaching and research career as professor and head of the LSU AgCenter's Department of Entomology. He was co-developer of the boll weevil diapause control strategy — a major component of the boll weevil eradication program.