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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

Email: agrdean@uwyo.edu

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College Overview

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Message from the Dean

The college has had several retirements and changes to college leadership since the last issue of Ag News. Earlier this summer, Dean Frank Galey and Associate Dean and Director of UW Extension Glen Whipple retired.

Provost Kate Miller, with approval of the UW Trustees, appointed me as interim dean as of July 1. UW administration plans to launch a national search for a new dean this fall. Provost Miller also created a transition team including senior college leadership and the college department heads.

The transition team includes long-time animal science faculty member Warrie Means, who has agreed to assume the role of interim associate dean for Academic and Student Programs. This appointment fills one of the biggest voids in the college’s leadership team. Other members include Kelly Crane and Mary Kay Wardlaw, who are the associate directors of UW Extension; John Tanaka as associate director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES); and Brian Mealor, who is director of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center.

Each has been part of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources leadership team as department heads or as a Research and Extension Center director through the time I’ve been here and under Dean Frank Galey, and they will remain in place to lead the college forward.

As interim dean, I see this as an exciting time for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The transition team has the opportunity to develop a plan to build on the successes of Dean Galey and provide a vision for how the college will succeed into the future.

This team will also serve as a working group to determine how the college might more effectively integrate extension and AES, particularly with an eye on better fulfilling the university’s engagement mission. The exact outcomes are unknown, and neither the transition team members nor I have any preconceived notions of what will come out of our working group process. The team will be working closely with upper administration and the college external advisory board to address six key areas outlined by Provost Miller.

Some of these key areas are aimed at internal growth, and others are focused on external relationships. The most important thing is that these projects will address all three aspects of the land-grant mission – learning (teaching), discovery (research), and engagement (extension). I hope to provide updates to our alumni, donors, industry partners, and friends of the college in Ag News and on our website (www.uwyo.edu/uwag) as this transition process within the college moves forward. This is an exciting time for the college as we look forward to hiring a new dean and adapting our college to meet the challenges of today’s educational and economic environments.

Bret Hess
Interim Dean
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Bret HessBret Hess
Interim Dean

Transition Team

Kelly CraneKelly Crane
Brian MealorBrian Mealor
Warrie MeansWarrie Means
John TanakaJohn Tanaka
Mary Kay WardlawMary Kay Wardlaw
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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

Email: agrdean@uwyo.edu

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