Associate Professor of Animal Science Dr. Heather Glennon has earned the honor of University of Mount Olive (UMO) Dr. Thomas R. Morris Professor of the Year. She was one of two UMO professors to earn the prestigious title.
Glennon joined UMO in 2015. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as Chair of the Agriculture Sciences Department and as Advisor of the Animal Science Club. In 2021, she earned the Advisor of the Year award for her efforts with that club.
During the summers, Glennon enjoys teaching workshops for agricultural educators and helping with camps for middle and high school students. She also helps manage the animals and the pastures at the UMO Kornegay Student Farm. As the Dairy Challenge Team Coach, Glennon enjoys taking students to different parts of the country to compete.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Glennon and her husband, Jay Smithson, now reside in Middlesex, NC with their three dogs, many cats, and 75 goats. Glennon earned her BS in animal science at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. She received her MS in animal science and her Ph.D. in crop science with a minor in soil science from North Carolina State University.
Prior to joining UMO, Glennon worked as a 4-H/Livestock Extension Agent for Penn State University and as a Research Specialist with the Meat Goat and Forage Program at NCSU.