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The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center was founded at University of Mount Olive in 2002 to provide a center for agribusiness development and agricultural education in eastern North Carolina. Agriculture is North Carolina’s number one industry, adding over $78 billion annually to the state’s economy. University of Mount Olive is located in the heart of eastern agriculture and the creation of the Center offers a unique opportunity for both students interested in agriculture and for outreach efforts that impact agricultural producers in the region.

Dr. Don Scott served as the establishing director for the Agribusiness Center. Dr. Scott worked with agricultural professionals in eastern North Carolina and leaders at University of Mount Olive to launch the Agribusiness Center. Dr. Scott was also instrumental in working with leaders at University of Mount Olive including President emeritus J. William Byrd to establish the agribusiness curriculum in 2002. Traditional students were then able to study Agribusiness at University of Mount Olive.

In 2007, the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center was dedicated and moved to the newly constructed W. Burkette and Rose M. Raper Hall. Britt served agriculture in various capacities for over 30 years. Ms. Britt worked with Cooperative Extension in Duplin County as an extension agent and ultimately county extension director. Lois G. Britt also worked as Vice President of Murphy Family Farms and as Special Assistant to the President of Murphy-Brown, LLC. Lois G. Britt was a distinguished friend and supporter of University of Mount Olive.

Dr. Sandy Maddox currently serves as Director of the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center. She was also named the Chair for the Agriculture Division when it was created in January of 2014.  Dr. Maddox joined the center in 2007 as Associate Director and was promoted to Director in 2010. Before joining the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center, she worked in the agricultural field for 30 years with NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Since its inception, the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center has found continued support for facilities by leaders and administration at University of Mount Olive including current president Philip Kerstetter. Upgrades to agricultural facilities include the Goodson & Well agricultural mechanics shop, a 70-acre working farm, a 3 acre Certified Plant Professional Arboretum, a 30-raised bed Fitness Garden area, a state-of-the-art greenhouse and a commodity shed. The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center aspires to add an animal science facilities and other amenities to provide additional experiential learning opportunities for students. For more information please Contact Us.

The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center focuses on serving three main groups. These are the students of the agriculture programs, agriculturists, and the Original Free Will Baptist church- the founding church of University of Mount Olive. As such, the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center is actively involved in numerous educational and outreach efforts to serve each group. More information on outreach efforts can be found under Outreach on the homepage.

University of Mount Olive now offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelorís degree through three agricultural degree programs, agribusiness, agriculture education, and agriculture production systems. Agribusiness programs began in 2002, Agriculture Education was established in 2007, followed by Agriculture Production Systems in 2015. For more information on degrees offered at University of Mount Olive focused in agriculture, please see Programs of Study.