Director named for Pee Dee Research and Education Center
By Peter Hull
Bruce A. Fortnum has been named director of the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence after previously serving as interim director.
Fortnum joined Clemson in 1978 as assistant professor of plant pathology and physiology, and is a Clemson University graduate. His primary research area is control of soil-borne diseases and nematodes in tomato, tobacco and related crops.
He has lectured in 24 countries and served as an outside reviewer for research and outreach programs in Venezuela, Argentina, China and South Africa. He has received numerous awards, including the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research.
“The faculty and staff at the Pee Dee center are dedicated to help solve problems facing today’s agriculture industry,” Fortnum said. “It is a pleasure to work with such diverse and committed team members who recognize the issues that are important to rural South Carolina.”