DAVIS, Calif. — A cooperative extension dean at Cornell University has been named the new dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California-Davis.
Helene Dillard, a native Californian and UC-Davis alumna, will assume the college’s leadership duties on Jan. 27, according to a university news release.
In her new position, Dillard will be the chief academic and administrative leader for the university’s founding college, which is home to 15 departments focusing on the agricultural, environmental and human sciences, the release explains.
The college includes 330 faculty members, 800 employees, 5,000 undergraduate students in 29 majors, and 1,000 graduate students in 45 groups and programs. It also includes such institutions as the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, the Foods for Health Institute and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Sciences.
Dillard will replace Neal Van Alfen, who was dean of the college from 1999 until August 2012.