I am delighted to inform you that Jessica “Jessi” Fuentes has accepted the position of Executive Director of Finance for the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. Jessi rejoins our college after serving as Director of Finance for Extension since May 2014. Many of you will remember Jessi from her time in the college when she was part of the Ag Business Center (ABC) team as a Fiscal Oversight Manager, Grant Coordinator, and Fiscal Officer over a period of about seven years.
I believe that Jessi’s tenure as a team leader within the ABC provided her with invaluable insight into how ABC staff support our college, our departments, and our research centers across the state. There is no question that the functions of the ABC are essential to the day-to-day and long-term planning for our college, and I am confident that Jessi will provide outstanding leadership for the ABC. Jessi will be a critical member of our College’s leadership team and will be a resource for me, the associate deans, and the department heads as we move forward with our planning in the months and years ahead. As Dean, I rely on my chief fiscal officer to inform me as to the financial health of our college, options for strategic allocation of funds, options for funding strategic priorities and projects, and the status of various sources of revenue that our college and AES depend on. Jessi will serve as an outstanding resource in these areas and many others.
We anticipate that Jessi will begin in mid-October. Please join me in welcoming Jessi back to the ABC, the college, and AES.
Until next time, I wish you well and hope you are enjoying the start of the Fall Season.
Dean – College of Agricultural Sciences
Director – Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station