Alumni Profiles - Meet David Frey
Hometown: Rising Sun, MD
Years of Graduation: M.S. 1968, Ph.D. 1973
Programs of Study: Ornamental Horticulture, Plant Physiology
As a graduate student, I was dorm director for Russell E and involved in the campus judicial system. Got married in 1967 to Maureen and she became dorm director of Russell D. We lived for three years in the Russell E directors apartment. I also held a research assistantship sponsored by Longwood Gardens throughout my graduate work.
Current Position of Employment or Education:
Associate Professor at the University of Delaware
Describe your best Ag experience:
As a research assistant, I was also allowed to teach undergraduate students horticulture. I found that I preferred teaching to research and continued my career focusing on teaching.
Which Ag course was your favorite and why?
Plant propagation. It was a hands on course and I enjoyed all aspects of it.
Tell us about your current position or program of study and what led you to that field.
My first job was teaching high school vocational horticulture in Cecil County, MD. This solidified my desire to teach. After teaching high school for three years, I secured my current position in 1974.
I am primarily a teacher of ornamental horticulture to undergraduate students. Advising students is also part of my workload.
How did your College of Ag experiences prepare you for your current job or post-graduate education?
I received exposure to many facets of horticulture and had a great advisor, Dr. Charles Dunham, who not only gave me direction but became a friend.
What advice do you have for students interested in your field?
Get involved in organizations related to your major while you are in school. Use your summers to gain practical experience in your field. Get to know a few professors out of the classroom. Make lots of friends and have some fun.