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Finalists for dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU will visit campuses

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Four finalists for the dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences will visit the South Dakota State University campus in the coming weeks.

Each candidate will spend two days interviewing, one in Brookings and one combined day in Rapid City and Pierre, meeting with university leadership, deans, researchers, faculty, students and staff. There will be open forums for each individual to engage with other key stakeholders and community and university members.

The candidates are Michael Schmitt, Barbara Rasco, Greg Lardy and John Killefer.

Schmitt is a professor and associate dean for extension at the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for leading and managing the agricultural and natural resource extension efforts of 70 extension specialists in the college and nearly 80 extension educators throughout Minnesota. Schmitt will be on the Brookings campus Nov. 7 and in Pierre and Rapid City Nov. 8.

Rasco is a professor and director of the School of Food Science at Washington State University. The school includes 20 faculty members and is jointly administered by the Washington State College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in food science. Rasco will be on the Brookings campus Nov. 8 and in Pierre and Rapid City Nov. 9.

Lardy is a professor and associate vice president of agricultural affairs at North Dakota State University, and he heads the department of animal science. Lardy’s research background includes nearly 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts involving cow-calf nutrition, beef cattle management, use of alternative feedstuffs in beef cattle diets and forage supplementation. He has spoken to more than 20,000 livestock producers, veterinarians and industry experts, nationally and internationally. Lardy will be on the Brookings campus Nov. 15 and Pierre and Rapid City Nov. 16.

Killefer is a professor and head of the department of animal and rangeland sciences at Oregon State University. He successfully merged  the departments of animal sciences and rangeland, ecology and management to form the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. Killefer has also successfully completed construction on three facilities to support teaching and research for his department. Killefer will be on the Brookings campus Nov. 16, followed by his trip to Pierre and Rapid City Nov. 17.

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