College of Agriculture,
Food and Natural Resources
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURICOLUMBIA
Division of Plant Sciences
Lee Miller, Ph.D.
110 Waters Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-6130
PHONE (573) 882-5623
FAX (573) 882-1467
Missouri’s Great State University
August 15, 2021
Mississippi Valley Golf Course Superintendents Association
Chuck Gast, Executive Director
Dear Chuck and MVGCSA Membership,
I have been recruited by Purdue University and its stakeholders, and offered a position there as
extension turfgrass pathologist. After much consideration, we have decided to accept the position
and will start there on January 1, 2022.
Our decision is bittersweet. My family has engrained itself here in Columbia, and we will be leaving
some good friends. In this respect, my position at Mizzou has born special friendships within this
golf community that I hope will continue. I realize the history of the Missouri turfgrass program and
the high turnover rate of its faculty, and take to heart the blow that my departure may cause. In my
case, this has nothing to do with the relationship I have with the Missouri industry and this
association. I can’t express my appreciation for how much our collaboration has meant to our
program for over a decade now, and I’m proud of the accomplishments that will persist and have
stemmed from our relationship.
The University of Missouri is in a period of change and my departure will also put the MU turfgrass
program in transition. I hope over the next few months to provide guidance to MU on how to
transition my responsibilities, but my voice will not carry the weight of yours. Daniel Earlywine, a
valuable and trusted asset in my program, could provide some stability through the transition
should he decide to do so. I encourage you to work with partner industry organizations to assert the
importance of the program to university leadership. Please let me know how I can help with this.
In closing, I’m leaving but won’t be gone. In continuing my program there, I will continue to provide
research-based, unbiased answers to turfgrass health issues. Although I won’t have Missouri as
home base, I hope that the benefits of my future work will extend across just a few borders and
serve you well. Thank you all for all of your support.