Dave Benfield retiring as Wooster campus director

Congratulations to Dave Benfield, who is retiring after four decades of making breakthrough discoveries in animal disease prevention, overseeing major campus facilities renovations, and creating hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates.

Benfield will retire Dec. 31 as associate vice president of agricultural administration in CFAES and director of the college’s Wooster campus, a role in which he has served since 2016. He came to the college in 2002 as associate director of OARDC and as a professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program following more than 20 years at South Dakota State University. 

Renowned for his contributions to swine disease research, Benfield isolated the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus in the early 1990s and helped develop the first vaccine and diagnostic tests for what continues to cost the swine industry nearly a billion dollars annually. His research on PRRS has resulted in nine U.S. patents and several foreign patents.

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Read a Dec. 12 Wooster Daily Record story about Benfield’s retirement.

Read about donating to the Benfield Scholarship Endowment Fund (#483505), which has been established to provide scholarships for any Ohio State students who are participating or planning to participate in research projects on the Wooster campus.