Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (Cornell AES) employee Rick Randolph has been chosen as the new manager of the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, NY. He was selected from a pool of candidates by a committee that included researchers, staff members and a former research farm manager.
“The users of the facility – the faculty, technicians and staff – have a great deal of respect for Rick,” said Shawn Bossard ’89, director of agricultural operations for Cornell AES. “Rick knows what he’s doing; he’s low-key but also a perfectionist. He’s responsive and very knowledgeable. He gets along great with the staff and researchers that work out there. And his promotion from within means there’s no transition or learning curve in the service we provide.”
Randolph was raised on a dairy farm in Cortland and worked at Agway and a chemical company before being hired at Thompson Research Farm as a field assistant in 2008. The previous farm manager, Steve McKay, retired this spring after 38 years at the farm.