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Published December 29, 2009, 08:08 AM

Former Mission rancher new ag dean at SDSU

A former president and general manager of a ranch at Mission is the new dean of agriculture at South Dakota State University.
The Brookings-based university announced that Barry Dunn, an agricultural academic administrator with South Dakota ties, will assume the duties of dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. The announcement was made Monday morning to college faculty and university personnel. He begins his duties May 22.

A former president and general manager of a ranch at Mission is the new dean of agriculture at South Dakota State University.

The Brookings-based university announced that Barry Dunn, an agricultural academic administrator with South Dakota ties, will assume the duties of dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. The announcement was made Monday morning to college faculty and university personnel. He begins his duties May 22.

Dunn is the current executive director at the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&MKingsville, as well as an associated professor of agronomy and resource sciences.

Dunn was president and general manager of the L7 Ranch Company at Mission from 1979 to 1996, when he moved to the Brookings area.

Dunn is an SDSU alumnus. He said his relationship with the university was a reason for accepting the dean’s position.

“My wife, Jane, and I are thrilled to be coming home,” Dunn said. “I look forward to leading one of the great colleges of agriculture in the country as we work to train and prepare students for exciting careers and to help South Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and agriculture industry meet the challenges of these dynamic times.”

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