Eddie Gouge is the Senior Associate Director of Federal Relations for Food and Agricultural Sciences and Executive Director for the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) at APLU. Gouge has been with APLU since September 1, 1989 and works with the Boards on Agriculture Assembly, Human Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and CARET.
Prior to joining the Association, Gouge served as the Assistant Director for Legislative Education and Assistant for Public Affairs at the Navy League of the United States between 1987 and 1989. He also managed a postdoctoral fellowship program for the American Society for Engineering Education from 1986 to 1987.
Gouge has held several positions on Capitol Hill between 1977 and 1985. He served in the following positions: Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Thomas A. Luken (Ohio) from 1984 to 1985; Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman James McClure Clarke (North Carolina) from 1983 to 1984; Staff Assistant to the U.S. Delegate Ron DeLugo (U.S. Virgin Islands) from 1981 to 1982; and, Legislative Assistant/Director Congressman Lamar Gudger (North Carolina) from 1977 to 1982.
In 2007, Gouge was inducted into USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES – now National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Hall of Fame.
Gouge received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. In 1977, he completed an independent study program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville culminating in being selected to participate in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Congressional Intern Program in the U.S. House of Representatives.