Gregory L. Mullins, 53, passed away on 18 July 2009. Greg was an inspirational and deeply appreciated Head of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences in his tenure at New Mexico State University. His leadership will be sorely missed within the college as well as the department.
Greg's life was devoted to church, family, and profession. He was born 12 Dec. 1955 in Manassas, VA. He graduated from Berea College with a BS in agriculture in 1979, Virginia Tech with a MS in soil chemistry/fertility in 1979, and Purdue with a PhD in soil chemistry/fertility in 1985.
From 1985 to 1999, Greg was a professor of nutrient management and soil chemistry at Auburn University, where he focused on the P and K fertilization of a variety of crops as well as basic and applied aspects of waste application to soils. Greg enjoyed teaching the undergraduate basic soils course and a graduate fertility course as well as the advising of both graduate and undergraduate students. Most meaningful to Greg was the awards presented to him by students for Teacher of the Year in the department and Teacher of the Year in the college.
Greg joined the faculty of the Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences Department of Virginia Tech as a professor and nutrient management specialist in 1999, where he assumed a joint extension and research appointment. At Virginia Tech he took on new responsibilities and administrative roles as the extension leader and coordinator in the department and faculty liaison/supervisor of the Virginia Soil Testing Laboratory.
In 2005, Greg became the Department Head of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University because of his appreciation, leadership roles, and experiences in all three missions of a land-grant university.
Greg was a fellow in both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, where he was well known and highly respected. He held several leadership roles within the activities of S-4 and S-7 divisions, including past chair of S-4 and technical editor of S-4 and S-7 divisions of the SSSAJ.
He is survived by his wife, Iris; his mother, Winnie; daughter, Sarah, and her husband, Nathan; son, Tenil, and his wife Lauren; three sisters and two brothers.