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DAA: Paul Ming Hsien Sun

Paul Ming Hsien Sun

, | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1992

Dr. Sun is currently the Commissioner of the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Taiwan. He also maintains a professorship at the National Chung Hsing University, where he teaches a graduate course in breeding plants for disease-resistance. Dr. Sun is also an active member and former president of the Plant Protection Society of the Republic of China and the Agricultural Association of China. He was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Taiwan by Jaycees International in 1975. He began his professional career as a research assistant at the Tainan District Agricultural Improvement Station. He joined the Chinese-American Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction in 1967. Dr. Sun became Deputy Director General of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center in 1980. His excellent managerial skills made it one of the most viable international agricultural research centers in Asia despite a prevailing financial crisis in the country. He also served as Division Chief for the Council of Agricultural Planning and Development and Commissioner of the Taiwan Provincial Government. Under his leadership, the annual use of pesticides in Taiwan was dramatically reduced from 40,000 tons in 1988 to less than 30,000 tons in 1990, without significant reduction in production. His dedication and forward-looking direction for his country's agriculture have earned him the respect and trust of both government officials and the farming population. Dr. Sun has been cited several times by the government of Taiwan for his meritorious service.