BOZEMAN – Four finalists for a position to lead the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station at Montana State University will visit campus from Sept. 8 through 11.
MSU elevated its dean of the College of Agriculture to a vice presidential position earlier this year, in recognition of its importance to the state’s economy and the MSU mission. The new vice president of agriculture will lead the College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.
A summary of the candidates' backgrounds, as well as the date and time of each of their public forums, follows in the order of their visits to campus.
John Killefer is professor and head of the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Hastings College in Nebraska. He earned his Ph.D. in animal science (growth and development) at Oregon State University. His public on-campus presentation at MSU will run from 11:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in room 134 of MSU’s Animal Bioscience Building.
Charles Boyer is dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern Oregon State College, his master’s degree in genetics from The Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in genetics from The Pennsylvania State University. His on-campus presentation to the public will run from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 9, in room 138 of the Animal Bioscience Building.
Myles Watts is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at MSU. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from MSU, his master’s degree in applied economics from MSU and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His public on-campus presentation at MSU will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in room 138 of the Animal Bioscience Building.
Jeffrey Steiner is deputy director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He earned his bachelor’s degree in plant science at California State University, Fresno, his master’s degree in agriculture/plant science at California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. in seed production and technology from Oregon State University. His public on-campus presentation at MSU will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in room 134 of the Animal Bioscience Building.
MSU’s College of Agriculture has approximately 1,028 students with 11 bachelor degree programs, nine master degree programs and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. Historically, it has been among the top three MSU colleges in terms of research activity. The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station conducts research at seven research centers strategically located across the state to address the diverse climatological challenges of Montana’s agriculture industry.
MSU’s new vice president of agriculture will also serve as the dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture, taking over from Glenn Duff who has been interim dean and director since Jeff Jacobsen stepped down in September 2013.
Source: MSU News Service
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