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Aug. 12, 2005

Search begins for Agriculture dean

by Teddi Barron

A 21-member committee has begun the search for the new dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The search committee is chaired by College of Business dean Labh Hira. Hira said the committee's goal is to name a new dean by Jan. 1.

The successful candidate will succeed Catherine Woteki, who had been dean of the college since January 2002, and became global director of scientific affairs for Mars Inc., McLean, Va., on Aug. 1. Wendy Wintersteen, senior associate dean of the college, is serving as interim dean.

Nominations may be sent to Dean of Agriculture Search Committee, 1550 Beardshear; or e-mailed to

Search committee members

Joining Hira on the search committee are:

  • Peg Armstrong Gustafson, founder and owner, Amson Technology, LC., Waukee
  • Don Beitz, distinguished professor of animal science and of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology in the College of Agriculture
  • Jill Euken, extension field specialist, Lewis
  • Cathy Good, program coordinator, Agriculture Experiment Station
  • Brent Halling, deputy secretary of agriculture, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Des Moines
  • Stephen Howell, director, Plant Sciences Institute and professor of genetics, development and cell biology
  • Helen Jensen, professor of economics
  • Pam Johnson, chair-elect, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Floyd
  • Glen Keppy, producer, Davenport
  • Craig Lang, president, Iowa Farm Bureau, West Des Moines
  • Paul Lasley, professor and chair of sociology
  • Cliff Mulder, vice chair, Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, Pella
  • Deland Myers, professor of food science and human nutrition
  • Gail Nonnecke, professor of horticulture
  • Ricardo Salvador, associate professor of agronomy
  • Pat Thiel, distinguished professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Janette Thompson, associate professor of natural resource ecology and management
  • Charles Schwab, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering

In addition, two student members will be named at a later date.


Business dean Labh Hira leads the search for a new dean of the College of Agriculture.