BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) -- Three South Dakota State University alumni have been named finalists for the next dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

The three are Barry Dunn, executive director of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Joseph Hiller, an assistant dean, assistant director for the Arizona Cooperative Extension Service, and head of American Indian Studies graduate interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Kenneth Odde, a professor and head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

SDSU says the finalists will be interviewed on the campus in Brookings next week and will attend public forums in Pierre and Rapid City.

The new dean will be responsible for a budget of $44 million in state and federal funds and more than $17 million in grants and contracts.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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