'Distinguished professor' has experience in genetic research, biochemistry
By MITCH LIES
Dan Arp, a long-time Oregon State University microbiology researcher and science educator, has been named dean of the university's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Arp replaces Sonny Ramaswamy, who last month was named by President Barack Obama to lead the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Arp also has been named director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at OSU.
His initial appointment is for two years.
"Dan is well known for his strong leadership, administrative ability and academic credibility," said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president.
Arp is one of a handful of OSU faculty to carry the title "distinguished professor" and is an affiliate of the campus Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.
Arp's career began at the University of Erlangen in West Germany, where he was research director and a NATO postdoctoral fellow. He also has been on the biochemistry faculty at the University of California-Riverside.
Arp, 58, has been at OSU since 1990.
"Dan will work with faculty and stakeholders to ensure that the college continues to have a strong and positive impact on scientific research and outreach to the agricultural industry in Oregon and beyond," Randhawa said.
OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences includes 15 academic departments, 11 branch experiment stations and more than 1,600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, according to a press release. It offers expertise on agricultural and food systems and is a major source of knowledge on environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences and rural economies.