“I am impressed by Dick’s extensive experience in policy-making roles both within the college and across campus,” says Dean VandenBosch. “His previous administrative work in CALS, his long service as a department chair, and his service on a wide variety of committees and initiatives related to research, instruction and Extension make him a great fit for this key leadership role.”
Straub will replace Birl Lowery, the current senior associate dean, who is stepping down at the end of July to return to duties in the Department of Soil Science. Straub will begin in June, allowing an overlap to ensure to ensure a smooth transition.
A CALS faculty member since 1979, Straub has twice chaired the BSE department—from 1996–1999 and from 2007 to present—and has served as interim associate dean and executive director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station (the CALS Research Division) and director of Agricultural Research Stations. He has also served on the University Academic Planning Council, the Faculty Senate, the Physical Sciences Committee, the Campus Planning Committee, CALS Academic Planning Council and numerous other college and campus committees.
His research interests focus on forage harvesting, processing of agricultural crops and materials, agricultural machinery and energy management. He has taught or co-taught more than 15 courses in CALS and the College of Engineering. He is a licensed engineer and active in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
As senior associate dean Straub will take the lead on faculty personnel issues, including hiring, promotion, tenure and post-tenure activities, compensation and retention. He will also serve as the primary authority on budget issues and the primary contact for department chairs and center directors, and take a lead role in program reviews.