Finalists picked for CALS senior associate dean position

The search committee for the CALS senior associate dean has announced the following four finalists:

  • Mark Rickenbach (Forest and Wildlife Ecology)
  • Dick Straub (Biological Systems Engineering),
  • Steve Ventura (Soil Science) and
  • Kent Weigel (Dairy Science)

The senior associate dean has primary responsibility for management of the internal functions of the college.

Finalist interviews include sessions with Dean VandenBosch, the department chairs, APC members and the CALS administrative team. Interviews will be conducted April 5, 9 and 11. Dean VandenBoch expects to name a new senior associate dean in April, with an anticipated start date of June 1 to allow for overlap with current Sr. Assoc. Dean Birl Lowery, who will return to the faculty on July 1.

You can provide feedback to the search committee by sending an email to

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