Jed Colquhoun named interim associate dean for extension and outreach

Jed-Colquhoun-2015Jed Colquhoun, a professor in the department of horticulture and an Extension specialist, has been named the interim CALS associate dean for extension and outreach. In this 50% role, Colquhoun will report jointly to the dean of the CALS and the dean and director of Cooperative Extension. He will oversee and provide leadership for both CALS Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension (ANRE) program area.

Because the interim associate dean position is a 50% appointment, rather than 100%, Brian Holmes will continue to provide program support and work on special projects. Dave Williams, in his ANRE associate program director role, will continue to provide leadership in county and tribal-related matters.

“I am really looking forward to having Jed serve in this role,” says Dean Kate VandenBosch. “He brings excellent experience as a state specialist and as an administrative leader. Through my conversations with Cooperative Extension Dean Rick Klemme and Karl Martin, who will assume the Cooperative Extension dean role later this fall, I know they share my enthusiasm.”

Colquhoun’s work is centered at the crossroads of productive agricultural systems and natural resource management. He has served as co-director of the Environmental Resources Center and the Integrated Pest Management Program for several years, providing leadership for staff on multiple UW-System campuses and in county offices statewide. Colquhoun also serves as an advisor for a number of agriculture- and food-related organizations. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison. Prior to returning to UW-Madison, he was a faculty member at Oregon State University.

John Shutske left the associate dean position to return to the faculty earlier this year. A search committee charged with identifying a replacement for Shutske recommended that the search be suspended pending the outcome of ongoing reorganizational planning within Cooperative Extension.

Colquhoun assumes his new duties on September 23.