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Chuks Alfred Ogbonnaya

Chuks Alfred Ogbonnaya, Nigerian entomologist, agronomist, environmentalist. Certified professional crop scientist, professional agronomist. Recipient Times Teaching award, 1990, Chancellor's Professors award Virginia, 1990; Fulbright senior scholar, 1993-1994.


  • Ogbonnaya, Chuks Alfred was born on June 30, 1953 in Akoli-Imenyi, Abia, Nigeria. Came to the United States, 1975. Son of Alfred Agbaeze and Christy (Agubuche) Ogbonnaya.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Nebraska, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, University Nebraska, 1985. Master of Science, Northwest Missouri State University, 1981.


    • Laboratory assistant University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1976-1978, research assistant, 1978-1980, 82-85, postdoctoral fellow, 1985. Assistant professor, fellow Mountain Empire College, Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1985-1990, professor, since 1990, coordinator, professor environmental science department, since 1986, assistant dean, 1996—1999. Distinguished scholar-in-residence Pennsylvania State University, summer 1990, visiting professor, 1990.

    Major achievements

    • Certified professional crop scientist, professional agronomist.


    When the Church as a body engages with political issues, it should follow the principles of Christian faith.


    The ultimate goal to be attained is not only to be saved from something. The purpose God has is to be saved to something.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The sense of being connected is how the Church as a whole should be structured. At its heart is an understanding of the Christian community as the 'body of Christ '.


    Soccer coach Parks and Recreation, Big Stone Gap, 1989. Member Virginia Water Resources Statewide Advisory Board, government-mined land reclamation advisory board. Member American Society Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Entomological Society, Virginia Academy of Sciences, Virginia Mining Association (Outstanding Contribution to Comty. award 1993), International Platform Association (Faculty of Year 2008), Phi Beta Kappa.



    Tennis, soccer.


    • Married Joyce Elizabeth Belgrave, March 30, 1985. Children: Latoya, Oluchi, Kelechi, Chioma.
    • father: Alfred Agbaeze Ogbonnaya
    • mother: Christy (Agubuche) Ogbonnaya
    • spouse: Joyce Elizabeth Belgrave
    • children: Latoya Ogbonnaya
    • Oluchi Ogbonnaya
    • Kelechi Ogbonnaya
    • Chioma Ogbonnaya
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    Born June 30, 1953
    (age 64)
    • 1979
      University Nebraska
    • 1985
      University Nebraska
    • 1981
      Northwest Missouri State University
    • 1976 - 1978
      Laboratory assistant, University Nebraska
      Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
    • 1985 - 1990
      assistant, Mountain Empire College
      Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States
    • 1985 - 1990
      fellow, Mountain Empire College
      Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States
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