Oregon State ag dean sets retirement

Dan Arp, dean of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, has set his retirement for next June.

Dan Arp, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will retire next summer, the university announced Aug. 10.

Arp has been dean since May 2012 and also serves as director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, according to a press release.

He joined OSU’s colleges of agricultural sciences and science in 1990 in a joint botany and plant pathology position that was split between the two units. He eventually headed the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology where he earned the honor of “distinguished professor.”

In 2008, Arp was named dean of the University Honors College, where he worked closely with students to enhance their learning experience. Four years later, he was appointed dean of Agricultural Sciences. He will retire June 30, 2018.

“I have tremendously enjoyed my five years of service as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and I look forward to doing all I can during my sixth and final year as dean,” Arp said in the press release. “I am extremely proud of the progress the college has made over the past several years and our recognition as one of the world’s top agriculture programs.”

Oregon State was ranked 13th this year in the QS World University Rankings, an international survey of 200 university agriculture programs.

University Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser will launch a national search for a new dean.

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