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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean's Office

Bret Hess speaking at a Field Day.

Interim Dean Bret Hess

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.

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 ( 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.

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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