JC Raulston Arboretum Announces Interim Director

Dr. Julia Kornegay has appointed Dr. Ted Bilderback Interim Director for the JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University. Dr. Bilderback will begin as Interim Director at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum the first week of January, 2009.

Dr. Bilderback has been a faculty member in the Department of Horticultural Science for 32 years. Ted was born in Kansas and was raised in a farming community near Valley Falls. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Emporia State University, and his Ph.D. in Horticulture from Kansas State University. He also served in the Naval Reserves.

Ted was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State in 1977 with research and teaching responsibilities in nursery production. From 1977 to 1987 he co-taught Nursery Production and Management courses each fall with JC Raulston and Tree and Grounds Maintenance spring semesters. He continued to teach these courses for two years after Dr. Raulston’s death in 1997.

In 2003, Ted developed a new graduate level course, Environmental Nursery Production, which is taught on campus and through distance education – one of the first DE courses to be offered by the Horticultural Science Department. In 1987, Dr. Bilderback took on responsibilities as the Nursery Extension Specialist for the department. Since then he has worked closely with the nursery industry to develop cost effective and environmentally conscious cultural practices for growing nursery stock with emphasis on container substrates, plant and substrate nutrient levels, and irrigation management.

His work has resulted in 51 scientific papers and 535 published articles. He has also advised 22 graduate students. Ted serves as the Educational Advisor to the NC Nursery and Landscape Association, and presents approximately 25 talks a year to nursery audiences in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Dr. Bilderback has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Association of Nurserymen’s Extension Award, Southern Nurserymen’s Association Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Research, Extension Education Award from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Environmental Award from the Southern Nursery Association, NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Extension Service Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award of Emporia State University.

In 2000, Ted was initiated as a charter member of the NCSU Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension, and in 2008, elected Fellow of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region North America Chapter. Dr. Bilderback was a long time colleague and friend of JC Raulston and feels a deep affinity for the Arboretum. JC and Ted’s students were responsible for planting many of the older specimens in the collections, and all the holly borders.

Ted looks forward to serving as the Interim Director and offering his knowledge and experience to help the Arboretum advance in its mission. Ted is married to Linda Bilderback and they have two sons.

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