Lea Scott

Senior Vice-president of Agronomy and Agricultural Sustainability
Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.

Lea Scott is the senior vice president of agronomy and agricultural sustainability for Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Scott coordinates Universal’s worldwide agronomy programs and agricultural sustainability projects and addresses agro-science issues. Going into his 30th year of employment with Universal, he has had the opportunity to work with tobacco farmers and engage their communities around the world.

Scott has been an active member of Coresta for 28 years, with 18 years on the scientific commission, including terms as chairman and vice chairman. He has served as coordinator for both the good agricultural practices and the green tobacco sickness task forces and as the agronomy leader on the sustainability task force. He has also been involved in the content developmentand editing of several Coresta guides and communications. Scott is the chairman of Coresta’s agrochemical advisory committee.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy with a minor in agricultural business management from North Carolina State University,and he completed the executive program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.