Dean Kate VandenBosch has named Bill Barker to serve as CALS associate dean for research. In this position, Barker will lead the college’s Research Division and oversee the Agricultural Research Stations and the USDA Hatch and McIntire-Stennis programs. He currently directs the Offices of Research Policy and Industrial Partnerships in the UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
Barker brings a wealth of experience in research administration that is relevant to CALS, including compliance issues, oversight of animal care and use, and working with industry partnerships.
“I am delighted to welcome Bill to the college,” says VandenBosch. “Through his service at the campus level, he has worked frequently with CALS personnel and already knows a lot about the college. Plus he is very well networked around the campus. I will look forward to working with him and to introducing him to more of the CALS family as he comes on board.”
Barker will begin Monday, December 12 at 50% time before assuming the position 100% on January 1. This will allow him time to transition out of his roles within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. It also allows time for Barker to overlap with Rick Lindroth, who will keep his appointment until January 1. Barker’s office will be located in 240H of Agricultural Hall.
“I’m honored to be chosen as associate dean for research of CALS and thrilled to serve the college’s research community as they address the critical issues of our time,” says Barker.
Barker was one of four competitive finalists for the position.
“I want to publicly thank all the finalists, who constituted a strong group of skilled and committed individuals,” says VandenBosch. “I would also like to thank the members of the search committee for their efforts.”