“Dr. Blanton brings a breadth of experience and proven leadership excellence to the department,” Plaut said. “He comes to us from Mississippi State University, where he has served as professor and department head since 2013. He has built strong relationships with industry and stakeholders throughout his career. He is a results-oriented, energetic leader who knows how to move things forward.”
“I received a spectacular education at Purdue, working with amazing scholars and fellow graduate students,” he said. “Purdue is also the place where I met my wife. For all these reasons, Purdue has always been a special place for me.”
Blanton said his original intention was to complete his Ph.D. and work in industry for the remainder of his career. Instead, he has held positions in several universities, private industry and nonprofit research institutions, and owned a company. He said his background has prepared him to be a department head, first at Mississippi State University and now at his alma mater.
I remind my students that as an animal scientist, I am an applied biologist. I want the work I am involved with to improve stakeholder lives.”