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George P. Apperson III
“Pat or App”

For the past fourteen years, Pat has been a graduate and undergraduate program instructor in agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College in Australia and at Clemson University.  He has been a facilitator in commodity hedging and agribusiness sales short courses with the International Grains Program Institute at Kansas State University.  He has also been a guest lecturer at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  Pat has a M.S. in Applied Economics and Statistics and a Ph.D. in Public Policy (Agricultural) from Clemson.  Pat has an M.B.A. from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. in Economics from the University of the South, “Sewanee.” 


Prior to his study and lecturing at Clemson, Pat spent twenty-five years working in agricultural finance, specifically commodity risk management in Australia and the United States.  He has worked on the floor of the New York Cotton Exchange, the Far Eastern trading desk of a British commodity brokerage house, as a commodity broker for a United States investment bank, in product development for Europe’s largest futures exchange, as an associate director of Britain’s oldest merchant bank, as risk manager for Australia’s largest irrigated farming operation, and as managing director for eighteen years of his own commodity hedging advisory business, serving clients in the United States and Australia.


Dr. Apperson is a past member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, and the Australian Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  He has been a registered commodity advisor in the United States and Australia and a registered investment advisor in the United States.  Outside of his passion for agribusiness, Pat is an avid outdoorsman enjoying bird hunting, retriever training, fly-fishing, hiking and tennis.  He also enjoys American history, and Scottish culture.  Pat resides with his wife, Elaine, a pediatric endocrinologist, in Greenville, South Carolina.  He holds both United States and Australian citizenship.

"It is an honor to serve and support this outstanding educational institution that prepares young people for higher education, leadership careers in agriculture, and 

builds self-confidence to engage life’s many opportunities and challenges."

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