David Parrish, professor of crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1977, Parrish made significant contributions to scholarship in the areas of crop physiology, bioenergy cropping systems, and roadside vegetation management. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous applied publications.

Parrish was instrumental in establishing the college’s successful environmental science curriculum and served as its coordinating counselor. He received several awards for his advising and teaching excellence, including the Alumni Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, the Award for Excellence in Career Advising, and the Certificate of Teaching Excellence.

Parrish received his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, a master’s degree from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.