AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Jeff Sibley, an Auburn University alumnus and faculty member, has been named head of the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University, effective Nov. 1.
Sibley, who grew up in northwest Alabama’s Mount Hope community and was a part of a family nursery and turf business in Muscle Shoals, received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Auburn in 1984 and his master’s in 1994. He joined the horticulture department as a research assistant in 1994 and, after completing his Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Georgia in 1997, was hired as assistant professor.
He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and to full professor in 2006. From August 2008 to December 2009, he also took on an additional, university-wide role in which he served as acting associate dean of Auburn’s Graduate School. In 2010, he was named the Barbara and Charles Bohmann Endowed Professor of Horticulture at Auburn University.