Alan Stevens was born in Chicago, Ill. He claims his earliest interest in horticulture came from weeding his grandmother’s flower beds when he was growing up and then working in greenhouses by the time he was 12 years old. Since those early introductions to plants, Stevens worked for close to 30 years in the horticulture industry before deciding to get his doctorate at Texas A&M University. While in College Station, Stevens co-taught a course with an extension specialist, who convinced him to get a job in extension. He then took an open position at K-State, upon completion at Texas A&M.
Stevens wears many hats in the realm of K-State Research and Extension (KSRE). He serves as the Director of the KSRE Center in Olathe, Kan. Of his responsibilities as director, Stevens says, “I manage the center’s resources to best serve our university faculty, state extension agents and industry clientele.”
As the State Leader of Extension Horticulture Programs, Stevens coordinates the work of State Extension Specialists and county extension agents across the state to provide programs that meet the horticulture education needs of Kansas’ citizens.
Lastly Stevens serves as the State Specialist for Floriculture. “I conduct applied research and extension programming for the producers of flowering crops and their use in the landscape,” Stevens states, “The flagship program in this effort is Prairie Star Flowers.”
Besides his love of horticulture, Stevens enjoys working on stained glass and woodworking projects, as well as spending time with his four grandsons.