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Jay T. Akridge

College of Agriculture Administration 

  • Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture
AGAD Room 114

Dr. Jay Akridge was appointed Dean of Agriculture in January 2009. As dean he is responsible for administering academic programs in the College of Agriculture, the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and a number of state regulatory services, including the State Chemist’s Office and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

Prior to being named dean, Dr. Akridge was the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics and served as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in food and agribusiness management (a partnership with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University).  He served as interim vice provost for engagement at Purdue in 2007–08.

Dr. Akridge was named a University Faculty Scholar in 2000. In 1996, he received the Charles Murphy Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching — Purdue’s highest teaching award. He was added to the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers in 2003 and was also awarded the USDA Food and Ag Science Excellence in Teaching Award that year.

His research has examined the buying behavior of commercial agricultural producers, innovations in marketing strategies by agribusiness firms, and adoption of new technology by agribusiness. He has worked with agribusiness managers in the areas of strategy and marketing in more than 20 countries including Lithuania, Hungary, Australia, Argentina, Cameroon, and China.

Dr. Akridge received his doctorate in agricultural economics in 1986 from Purdue University specializing in marketing and finance. His master’s degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis in agribusiness management and finance is also from Purdue. Dr. Akridge earned his bachelor’s degree — a double major in agriculture and business administration — in 1982 from Murray State University in Murray, KY.

A native Kentuckian, his family owns and operates a third-generation retail farm supply business in Fredonia, Ky.

Awards & Honors

(2006) Purdue University Student Government Excellence in Teaching. Purdue University Student Government.

(2005) 1st Place-Student Marketing Competition. National Agri-Marketing Association.

(2005) Outstanding Agriculture Alumnus Award 2005. Murray State University.

(2004) James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics. Purdue University.

(2004) Provost Seeds For Success Award. Purdue University Office of the Provost.

(2003) Book of Great Teachers. Purdue University.

(2003) Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences - North Central Region. United States Department of Agriculture.

(2003) Who's Who in Agriculture Higher Education.

(2002) Award for Excellence in Distance Learning - Best Credit-Granting Program. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Richardson, J. C., Ertmer, P., Aagard, H., Newby, T., Swain, P., Campbell, J., . . . (2006). Scaffolding Student Learning Through Peer-Rated Online Discussion. 2006 AERA Meeting.

Akridge, J. T., Gunderson, M., & [unknown] (2006). Agribusiness Scholarship. AEM Newsletter.

Akridge, J. T. (2006). A Visit to the Wizard. AgriMarketing, 68.

Foltz, J., Akridge, J. T., & [unknown] (2006). Employee Evaluations – They Don’t Have to Be Painful. Feed & Grain.

Akridge, J. T. (2006). Searching for Growth: Demand Innovation. Seed World, 18-19.

Lynch, K., Akridge, J. T., Schaffer, S., Gray, A., & [unknown] (2005). A Framework for Evaluating Return on Investment in Management Development Programs. 15th Annual IAMA World Food & Agribusiness Symposium.

Akridge, J. T. (2005). Discussant, Bioceres SA Case: Agribusiness Organizational Design-Second Order Economies Achieved after the Implementation of ISO 9001/2000. 15th Annual IAMA World Food & Agribusiness Symposium.

Akridge, J. T., Whipker, L. D., Joshua, J., & [unknown] (2005). An Assessment of Opportunities, Challenges, and the Future Role of the U.S. Crop Input Dealer. 15th Annual IAMA World Food & Agribusiness Symposium.

Torres, A., Akridge, J. T., Gray, A., Boehlje, M., Widdows, R., & [unknown] (2005). An Evaluation of Customer Relationship Management Practices in Agribusiness Firms. 15th Annual World Food & Agribusiness Symposium.

Akridge, J. T., Gunderson, M., & [unknown] (2005). Agribusiness Scholarship and its Contributions to Addressing Issues in Food and Agribusiness. 2005 American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meetings.