CANR announces two new chairs in Entomology and Fisheries and Wildlife

F. William Ravlin and Scott Winterstein have been named chairpersons of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) departments of Entomology and Fisheries and Wildlife, respectively, by Dean Fred Poston.

August 8, 2014

Scott Winterstein (left); F. William Ravlin (right)

F. William Ravlin and Scott Winterstein have been named chairpersons of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) departments of Entomology and Fisheries and Wildlife, respectively, by Dean Fred Poston.

Ravlin’s appointment was effective Aug. 1; Winterstein started July 1.

“Bill and Scott have long-standing relationships with Michigan State University as well as bodies of work that are representative of the excellence we demand of our students, faculty and staff,” Poston said. “I am confident that they will serve as strong leaders for their respective departments.”

Ravlin is no stranger to the Michigan State University campus, having received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in entomology from MSU. He most recently served as associate director of The Ohio State University Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), where he led efforts to expand funding opportunities for faculty members and enhance interdisciplinary research teams, and created numerous partnerships with private industry. 

“Returning to MSU Entomology is an opportunity of a lifetime because its faculty, students and staff are internationally recognized for their excellence in research, teaching and outreach.  I know of no other entomology department that is as innovative and productive,” Ravlin said.

Winterstein has been at MSU since 1986 and most recently served the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as its associate chair. He has also served as director of the MSU National Food Safety and Toxicology Center. Winterstein received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Northern Arizona University, master’s and doctoral degrees in biology from New Mexico State University, and an additional master’s degree in statistics from North Carolina State University.

Winterstein said he’s honored to lead the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

“When I joined the faculty in 1986, we were a small department with a strong national reputation and presence,” Winterstein said. “Today we are one of the largest, most diverse fisheries and wildlife departments in the nation, with a global presence.  We are not just recognized as a premier fisheries and wildlife department, we are defining what a 21st century fisheries and wildlife department is and does.”

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