Richard Latin, Ph.D., is a professor of plant pathology at Purdue University. He earned his B.S. at Waynesburg College and his master's and Ph.D. at Penn State University. Latin’s research focuses on turf disease control and factors that influence fungicide performance. His university appointment includes teaching, research and extension responsibilities. In addition to participation in local and regional turfgrass conferences around the United States, Latin has lectured in Europe and Asia on the principles of fungicide action on turf. He has been a GCSAA faculty member since 2009 and enjoys golf, reading and travel in his free time.