Doug Needham earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences and M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Needham joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 1989, where he was Professor of Floriculture in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture through June 2007, when he joined Longwood Gardens, where he was Vice President, Education until his retirement in 2017. Dr. Needham has chaired a variety of committees for the American Society for Horticultural Science and has served as chair of the Education Professional Section and the Technology & Innovation Professional Section of the American Public Gardens Association. Dr. Needham is a founding member of the HORTECUS Consortium and a member of the Royal Horticultural Society's Bursaries Committee Forum.