Washington State University has announced the four finalists for the dean of its College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.
The finalists will visit WSU during the weeks of Nov. 27 and Dec. 4. Interviews will involve a day and a half on WSU’s campus in Pullman, and half-day visits to the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee and the Northwest Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon.
Each candidate will outline his vision for the college in a public presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period. The presentations begin at 9:10 a.m. on Nov. 27, Nov. 29, Dec. 4 and Dec. 6.
The finalists were identified through a national search. They are:
• Gregory Lardy, currently associate vice president for agricultural affairs at North Dakota State University. He earned his Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Nebraska, and has been a faculty member at NDSU since 1997, serving as department head in animal sciences since 2009. Lardy served as president of the American Society of Animal Science in 2013-14.
• André-Denis Wright, currently an endowed professor and director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Recently, he also assumed the lead role for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Wright earned his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Guelph in Canada. Among his professional accreditations, he is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology.
• Gary Thompson, currently associate dean for research and graduate education, and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station in the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. He has served as lead of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Oklahoma State University and earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University.
• John Kirby, currently dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension at the University of Rhode Island. He earned his Ph.D. in poultry science at Oregon State University. Kirby previously served as director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and executive dean for research and outreach at South Dakota State University, as well as director of the interdisciplinary program in cell and molecular biology, and director of the Functional Genomics and DNA Sequencing Facility at the University of Arkansas.
Visit provost.wsu.edu/cahnrs for further details on the sessions, and more information about each candidate.