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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean's Office

Mark Stayton

Interim Dean Mark Stayton

Dr. Mark Stayton, a longtime faculty member in the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has returned from retirement to provide interim leadership for the college.

Dr. Stayton, who was granted the title of emeritus associate professor when he retired from the Department of Molecular Biology in 2017, will serve as interim dean of the college until a permanent dean is appointed as a result of an ongoing search. That is expected this summer.

Dr. Stayton, who received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from Iowa State University, joined the UW faculty in 1998. He served as head of the Department of Molecular Biology from 2007-2015 and was interim associate dean/director of academic and student programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources from 2015-17.

Facts and Highlights

Growing people, knowledge, and communities

  • The college awarded scholarships totaling $684,000.
  • Seven departments with as many as 23 exciting degree programs to choose from
  • Received over $13.8 million in research grants
  • 1:10 faculty to student ratio

Student Awards

  • Molecular biology and chemistry student, Sophia Kwende, received the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as the University of Wyoming's outstanding graduating woman.
  • Former master’s student, Sachintha Mendis, in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics received the Outstanding Master’s Thesis award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).
  • Graduate student Austin Carey in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management received the Outstanding Master’s Thesis award for the University
    of Wyoming.
  • The University of Wyoming meat judging team made a strong showing its first season under new coach Sierra Jepsen.
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Wyoming
Department #3354
1000 E. University
Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-4133
Fax: (307) 766-4030


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