INSIDE IOWA STATE
October 26, 2001
Visits set for Ag dean candidates
by Diana Pounds
Three candidates for the College of Agriculture dean post will visit campus
during the next couple of weeks. The candidates are: Thomas Fretz, dean of
the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of
Maryland, College Park; Lee Sommers, director of the Agricultural Experiment
Station at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and Catherine O'Connor
Woteki, senior research scientist with the College of Agriculture and
Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park, and professor
of nutrition and food safety at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Each candidate will spend two days on campus during the weeks of Oct. 29 and
Nov. 5. Each will participate in an open forum on "Agricultural and College
Issues, Including Diversity." Forum dates are:
All forums will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 1204 Kildee, and will be followed
by a public reception.
- Fretz, Monday, Oct. 29
- Sommers, Monday, Nov. 5
- Woteki, Wednesday, Nov. 7
Candidates' complete vitas are available on the provost Web site at
Fretz has been agriculture and natural resources dean and director of the
Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension
Service since 1994. Prior to that, he was at Iowa State, where he served for
five years as associate dean and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home
Economics Experiment Station.
At Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va., he served as interim
director of international development, head of the horticulture department
and professor. He also headed the horticulture department at Kansas State
He received a B.S. (1964) in horticulture from the University of Maryland,
M.S. (1966) in horticulture from the University of Delaware, and Ph.D.
(1970) in plant science from the University of Delaware.
Sommers has been director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Colorado
State since 1996. He also served as interim dean of the College of
Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State for more than a year.
He was a soil scientist with the USDA's Cooperative States Research,
Education, and Extension Service, Washington, D.C., in 1994-95. He also
headed the department of soil and crop sciences at Colorado State and was an
agronomy professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
He received a B.S. (1966) in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin,
Platteville, and M.S. (1969) and Ph.D. (1971) degrees, both in soil science
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Catherine O'Connor Woteki
Woteki recently was appointed senior research scientist with the College of
Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland and also is
professor of nutrition and food safety at the University of Nebraska. A
nutritional epidemiologist, she served from 1997 through January 2001 as the
first under secretary for food safety in the U.S. Department of
She also has served as deputy undersecretary for research, education and
economics at the USDA; deputy associate director for science in the White
House's Office of Science and Technology Policy; director of the food and
nutrition board of the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine;
and in other positions with federal departments and offices.
Wotecki received a B.S. (1969) in biology and chemistry from Mary Washington
College, Fredericksburg, Va.; and M.S. and Ph.D. (1974) degrees in human
nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic.
The new dean of the College of Agriculture will succeed Richard Ross, who
began a two-year appointment in the position in July 2000. David Topel, who
was Agriculture dean for more than a decade, stepped down from the position
in early 2000.
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