David L. Hensley, department chair of landscape architecture and horticulture, at Temple University, in Ambler, PA, is the new department head and Extension section leader for horticulture, at the University of Arkansas.
The department of horticulture is part of Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
"The university's horticulture department long has been known for its breeding programs that have supported greater vegetable and fruit economies than many Arkansans are aware of," Hensley said. "With Arkansas' economic growth in recent years, there has been increasing demand for golf and sports turfgrass and landscaping industries, so the turfgrass and landscape horticulture programs have become increasingly important.
"Our challenges will be to meet the demands of these growing horticultural needs, while continuing to support our traditional markets," he said. "We also will be pushing hard to increase undergraduate enrollment, so there will be talented and qualified people for these growing fields. "
Hensley earned an associate's degree in liberal arts, at Hannibal-LaGrange College, in Hannibal, MO, and a bachelor's degree in horticulture, from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate, both in horticulture, from Purdue University.