Professor of Plant Pathology
Southern Illinois University
Dr. Bond was born into a love of agriculture, working in crops since he was big enough to hold a hoe. A second-generation plant pathologist, he spent his time as an undergraduate at Southeastern Louisiana University working in a microbiology prep room and on his dad’s vegetable farm. He earned his PhD in plant health from Louisiana State University (LSU) then moved to Illinois where he started as a post-doctoral researcher at Southern Illinois University (SIU).
Currently, Dr. Bond divides his time at SIU between research, teaching and service appointments. The Director of the Illinois Soybean Center at SIUC, Dr. Bond’s research and teaching program focuses on disease management in Midwestern row crops. He also serves as the advisor for the Agronomy Society, which provides leadership and professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. He’s thankful the Illinois Soybean Association helped create his position at SIU, bringing him to Illinois where we met his wife and years later was saved by his Lord Jesus.
As an alumnus of LSU, Dr. Bond admits he gets so nervous watching LSU football that he plans activities during the game so he can escape if the game takes a turn for the worse. He’s also a fan of Saluki Athletics and enjoys following the rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals. His perfect weekend would be one where he could enjoy all his favorite foods: chicken and sausage jambalaya, seafood gumbo, Midwestern steaks, Oberweis ice cream and pizza!