A message from Ron Hendrick, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
September 5, 2017 - Author: Ron Hendrick
Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year! As we met with our newest students last week, I couldn’t help but be inspired by their enthusiasm and excitement for all that this new year will bring.
There’s a lot that is playing into the excitement from this summer’s work and successes, especially in public and private support for our programs and people.
We were fortunate to be a part of a funding line in the state budget, through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, that will see dollars added to the following projects:
We are seeing the results from partnerships with stakeholder groups across the state. We are also reaping the responsibilities of additional work because of our excellent track record of educating the state’s workforce, being out in front of research and bringing practical solutions to Michigan’s residents. Thank you for establishing this foundation upon which we can build!
We had a successful fundraising year, raising over $20 million in philanthropic support. These dollars and those referenced above help to offset continuing pressure on our General Funds budget.
We will also have the chance to welcome two new leaders to the CANR this winter:
A new chair for the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will be announced soon.
Associate Dean Kelly Millenbah, PhD, is leading the search team for the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion. Expect to hear from her as candidates visit this fall.
We also have searches under way for a director of Stakeholder and Government Relations, our next Department of Community Sustainability chair and the next Kellogg Biological Station director.
We are also leading the way on a new effort called Food@MSU. This is fully under way, and you’ll hear a lot more about it this fall, with several tailgate events and our first Our Table event. Look for more information about opportunities to participate.
Professor & Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources