Board of Directors

Stephen Kresovich

Clemson University/Cornell University

Stephen Kresovich is the Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Chair of Genetics in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University. Dr. Kresovich also serves as director of the Advanced Plant Technology Program. The program is charged to integrate statewide advances in genetics and genomics to solve problems in agriculture, the environment, and human health. In addition, Dr. Kresovich is appointed at Cornell University as director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement. Its mission is to advance plant breeding tools, technologies, and methods to deliverstaple crop varieties that can increase yield and stability, enhance nutrition, and show greater resistance to pests and diseases.


He previously served for eleven years as Laboratory Director at two U.S. National Genetic Resources Program genebanks at Geneva, New York and Griffin, Georgia. Dr. Kresovich currently maintains connections with the U.S. National Genetic Resources Program, serving as a member of the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in 2020. He also is a member of the advisory committee of the Southern Regional Plant Introduction Station at Griffin and the national Sorghum Crop Germplasm Committee. Internationally Dr. Kresovich serves on the Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources Management of the African Seed and Biotechnology Platform.

Dr. Kresovich’s research focuses on conservation genetics and improvement of crop plants including sorghum, maize, and sugar cane. Dr. Kresovich is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Crop Science Society of America.