CANR Dean's Update - Feb. 20, 2017

A message from Ron Hendrick, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


As you all are aware, global engagement from our faculty, students and staff is a cornerstone of the CANR. We have a long history of working with partners around the globe to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges. From food security to clean water to sustainable energy solutions, a CANR faculty member is often at the forefront of collaborating with partners to find the most viable, long-term solution.

As our world gets smaller and we continue to live out the land-grant mission, I want to remind you that we have an office here in CANR that is committed to reducing transaction costs for faculty to engaging in global development -- The Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CGC).

CGC is led by Gretchen Neisler, PhD, a graduate of the CANR and College of Education. Gretchen, along with her staff in CGC, work across campus, the country, and the world to develop partnerships and bring global development opportunities to faculty.

As you consider your own work and whether you are already engaged in global development work or are looking to expand your portfolio, please reach out Gretchen in CGC. She is my primary connection to what is happening globally in the CANR. To find out more about CGC, visit

Gretchen will be the first Tuesday speaker on March 7 from 5-6:30 p.m., in the Abbott Seminar Room in the Gallery at Snyder Phillips. Her talk is titled: "Opportunity always knocks more than once: They key is, how many times will you open the door to see what's waiting on the other side?"

In other happenings, I have requested a name change for the Office of Diversity and Pluralism to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) because the words equity and inclusion better align with the goals and initiatives that I am charging the office with.

Additionally, there are measureable goals associated with both equity and inclusion within the environment of the college and the university for faculty, staff and students. We have also started a search for an associate dean and director to work in this area.

Thank you for your continued efforts in educating students, connecting with our stakeholders and doing the groundbreaking research that you do.


Ron Hendrick
Professor & Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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