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Mathew to lead animal sciences department

Alan G. Mathew, professor and head of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Tennessee since 2003, will return to Purdue University to lead its animal sciences department.



Mathew’s appointment is effective March 1. Alan Sutton has been interim head since October 2009.

Mathew earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1976, a master’s degree in 1978 and doctorate in 1991 in animal sciences, all from Purdue.

Before becoming a professor and head of animal science at the University of Tennessee, Mathew was involved in research, teaching and Extension activities as an assistant professor and associate professor at the university.

Mathew’s research has been in the areas of animal gastrointestinal function and nutrition, control of antibiotic resistance, and food-borne pathogens in livestock. His research focuses on determining the effects of antibiotic use, nutrition and animal management on antibiotic resistance genes in bacteria and on carriage and shedding of food-borne pathogens such as salmonella. He has mentored 18 graduate students to degree completion and served on committees of 31 more.

Mathew has been owner-operator of a cow-calf beef operation in Philadelphia, Tenn., since 1995 and owner of a grain operation in Wolcott, Reynolds and Goodland, Ind., since 1993. He was owner-operator of a farrow-to-finish swine operation and another grain operation in Wolcott from 1978 to 1993.

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