A University of Idaho animal scientist will lead the UI's animal and veterinary science department.
Mark McGuire, who specializes in dairy cow physiology, has served as interim department head since 2012.
In a press release, John Foltz, interim dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, said McGuire has the vision to move the department forward.
McGuire's research focuses on milk. Alterations in milk composition may enhance nutritional properties of bovine milk for the human consumer and may reduce the risk of mastitis for the cow.
His research projects have looked at topics as diverse as increasing the proportion of healthful components in dairy products and beef and their impacts on consumers, improving milk production through nutrition and technology and identifying the microbiome of human and bovine milk.
He works closely with the dairy industry conducting research and training students for employment.
The United Dairymen of Idaho, Idaho Beef Council, Gates Foundation, USDA and National Institutes of Health have funded McGuire's research.
-- Matthew Weaver