Dan Lineberger received his B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from North Carolina State University in 1971. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University in 1974 and 1978, respectively. Dr. Lineberger served as Head of Horticultural Sciences from 1990 to 1994 and has been a member of the graduate faculty at Texas A&M University since 1990. In 2012, Dr. Lineberger was renamed the Head of the Department of Horticultural Sciences. He retired on December 31, 2020.
Dr. Lineberger’s area of research is information technology and web-based communication. He created Aggie Horticulture in early 1994 and served as its webmaster until 2008. Under his leadership, Aggie Horticulture evolved from a single website to over 20 websites on a network of servers including static web pages, interactive databases, search robots, and streaming video servers. Dr. Lineberger teaches courses in information technology for horticulture including HORT 481 (Senior Seminar).
“The field of horticulture is in the midst of a period of rapid and continuous change. The internet has revolutionized the way the land grant system provides information to growers, accelerated the rate of scientific information exchange, and is revolutionizing the way teachers teach and students learn. It is imperative that graduate students and undergraduates alike include web technology as part of their preparation for a profession in the horticultural sciences.”