Gary Secor received both his BS and MS degrees from Montana State University and his PhD degree in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Davis in 1977. He has been at North Dakota State University since 1978 and is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department. His main areas of research have been potato disease diagnosis, disease management, and variety development. He served as interim director of the potato-breeding program at NDSU for 3 years. Recent work has concentrated on late blight management, fungicide resistance management in potatoes and sugar beets, post-harvest dry rot and blemish diseases of potatoes, the expanding host range of
Fusarium graminearum, and unraveling the zebra chip complex.