Thomas L. (Tom) Thompson is Associate Dean and Director of CALS Global in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. CALS Global builds partnerships, drives thought leadership, and creates opportunities for students and faculty to serve globally.
Thompson earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in agronomy and soil science. He was department head at Virginia Tech (2011-16) and Texas Tech University (2006-11) and professor and extension specialist at the University of Arizona from 1991 to 2006. Thompson is also Professor of Agronomy and has published more than 65 refereed journal articles and garnered more than $18 million in competitive funding and philanthropic support. His recent research and outreach have focused on adoption of conservation agriculture in smallholder farming systems in Haiti, Senegal, and Southeast Asia. He has mentored graduate students from Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
He has been Executive Editor of the Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report) since 2019. The annual GAP Report is a thought leader in agricultural productivity and benefits from partnerships with agricultural industry leaders, conservation and nutrition organizations, and NGOs. The GAP Report is launched at the annual World Food Prize event in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, LEAD21, and the Food Systems Leadership Institute.