University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom recently talked with the Field Experiences and Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals classes at the UMO Kornegay Student Farm. Using his own personal agriculture experience, Croom shared insights about farm life, tractor safety, and making the most of opportunities. Following the presentation, Croom drove one of the farm’s tractors while several students set cabbage plants from the back of the planter.
“There are not many university presidents that would be willing, or even knowledgeable enough about farm equipment, to jump on a tractor and get to work,” said Dr. Sandy Maddox, Dean – School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “Our students appreciated Dr. Croom’s candid conversation and his willingness to get his hands dirty as they set about the work of spring planting.”
Dr. Croom previously served as superintendent of Johnston County Schools from 2009 to 2016.