Foltz to serve two years as UI ag dean as search postponed
By CAROL RYAN DUMAS
MOSCOW, Idaho -- The University of Idaho today announced that John Foltz, interim dean of College of Agricultural and Life Sciences dean (CALS), has been named as the college's dean until June 2015.
The decision was made to postpone the national search for the CALS dean until after a permanent provost has been named and permanent executive leadership is in place, said Karen Hunt, UI spokesperson.
The search for a permanent dean was under way before the University's top two officials, President Duane Nellis and Provost Doug Baker, accepted positions elsewhere this spring.
Nellis accepted the position of president of Texas Tech University, and Baker accepted the position of president of Northern Illinois University. The last day for both administrators was May 31, she said.
Don Burnett, UI dean of the College of law, is serving as interim president, and Katherine Aiken, UI dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, is serving as interim provost.
A search for a permanent president is under way and is expected to take six months to a year. The search for a permanent provost will follow. A new permanent provost is at least two years out, which is why Foltz was named as a term dean until July 2015, Hunt said
Foltz has served as the CALS interim dean since December 2012, succeeding John Hammel who stepped down as dean after more than nine years. Prior to the appointment as interim dean, he served as associate dean since 2004 and director of academic programs for the college and its 1,200 students.
He has played an active role on the dean's management team for the land-grant college with over 360 employees statewide, 10 research and extension centers, and faculty based in 42 of Idaho's 44 counties, according to a UI press release.
"John has been a dedicated faculty member and administrative team member for the college. His willingness to serve in this role is important to the continuity of leadership in the college during this transition," Aiken said.
Foltz first arrived at the University of Idaho as an assistant professor in the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology in 1991. He earned his doctorate degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
In addition to his university responsibilities, he has held a number of positions for national land-grant leadership associations.
Foltz received the Regional Co-op Award presented by the Northwest Regional Cooperative Conference in 2010 and he an eight-time recipient of the University of Idaho's Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence, most recently in 2012.