Wayne Buhler received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1991 and has been with the Department of Horticultural Science for 18 years. He is the statewide coordinator of the Pesticide Safety Education Program and was the Director of the Southern Region Pesticide Safety Education Center from 2000 to 2006. One of his main responsibilities has been to develop and distribute educational materials and resources for the certification and recertification of North Carolina’s Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators. Each year, at numerous schools his program hosts across the state, Wayne teaches and provides education to hundreds of attendees who are seeking licenses. Wayne has served as the Assistant Department Head in Horticultural Science since 2011.