Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs, Virginia Tech

About Tom

Tom Thompson is Associate Dean and Director of CALS Global and Professor of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. Thompson earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in agronomy and soil science, and has served as professor and administrator at the University of Arizona, Texas Tech University, and Virginia Tech. Thompson has published more than 65 refereed journal articles and professor and administrator at the University of Arizona, Texas Tech University, and garnered more than $18 million in competitive funding and philanthropic support. His recent research and outreach have focused on adaptation of conservation agriculture principles in smallholder farming systems in Haiti, Senegal, and Southeast Asia. Thompson led research and outreach in the Central Plateau of Haiti for USAID SANREM CRSP/IL (2012–17) and coordinated the research portfolio and graduate education for USAID-Education and Research in Agriculture-Senegal (2013–18). He has mentored students from the United States, West and Southern Africa, South Asia, and Central and South America. He is the Executive Editor of Virginia Tech’s Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report, globalagriculturalproductivity.org). The annual GAP Report is a global thought leader in agricultural productivity, is launched at the annual World Food Prize event in Des Moines, Iowa, and engages audiences around the world. Thompson is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, LEAD21, and the Food Systems Leadership Institute.