‘Visionary Gift’ to Bolster Plant Breeding Program

For more than 50 years, Dr. Charlie Stuber has blazed a trail in genetics and plant science, pioneering research that transformed techniques in plant breeding worldwide.

At the same time, he’s dedicated himself to training students, preparing the next generation to blaze trails of their own.

In fact, Stuber came out of semi-retirement in 2006 to create the Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics at NC State (now the NC State Plant Breeding Consortium). As the center’s inaugural director, his success in raising funds for graduate fellowships, coordinating graduate student community activities and leading the implementation of distance learning propelled the already excellent plant breeding program to a whole new level.

Today, as Stuber approaches his (second) retirement, he wants this important work to continue.