It gives me great pleasure to inform you that Dr. Gene Kelly has accepted my offer to be the next Deputy Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean for Extension in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Gene will assume the responsibility for all strategic and operational aspects of our AES from Dr. Tom Holtzer on October 1, 2016 at which time Dr. Holtzer will retire from Colorado State University.
As many of you know, Gene is a Professor of Pedology and served as the Head of our Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU. Gene’s current appointment is as the chief scientific officer for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) of the National Science Foundation. Gene’s impressive record as a research scientist, teacher and faculty member will serve him well in his role as the Deputy Director and Associate Dean. He is a national expert in pedology and related scientific inquiries, and his work has contributed to major breakthroughs with regard to our understanding of soil formation, the role of plants in soil evolution, and the place of soils in global climate change. His research efforts have resulted in more than 86 refereed publications and nearly $31 million in funded research programs. Thus, Gene is well versed in the needs of faculty working on issues critical to our constituents and advancing science.
Gene and I have discussed key opportunities relative to his roles as AES Deputy Director and Associate Dean for Extension that include:
*Fostering strategic planning processes that maximize resource utilization and collaboration at the AES research centers;
*Leveraging AES activities in support of research initiatives and supporting CSU’s engagement mission;*Creating opportunities for additional research and learning opportunities for all departments at our research centers;
*Creating new opportunities for increased engagement between the research centers and campus based scientists;
*Aligning resource allocation decisions and planning processes with strategic initiatives within the College of Agricultural Sciences;
*Incentivizing innovation and creativity in research and engagement at Colorado State University;*Assisting all departments in developing additional engagement with their constituent groups via applied research and agriculture focused Extension services.
I am confident that Gene’s background and expertise will serve the college well in this regard. Please join me in welcoming Gene Kelly to the role of AES Deputy Director and Associate Dean for Extension.
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Tom Holtzer for his willingness to step in during this past year to assume the responsibilities of this role. Over the past 14 months, Tom has worked hard to develop a plan to integrate AES and departmental activities while building relationships with the commodity groups and addressing community needs. Tom’s dedication to the Agricultural Experiment Station has contributed to a re-envisioning of the research and engagement enterprise at CSU.
You will have an opportunity on September 23, 2016 to thank Tom for his 28 years of service to our college and university. His many contributions and accomplishments have helped the BSPM department, our College and Colorado State University grow in reputation and impact.
Finally, as we begin the start of a new academic year, I want to wish you great success and thank you for your many contributions to the growth and success of our College. Your pursuit of excellence and commitment to our students and science is most appreciated.
Until next time, I wish you well and continued success.
Dean – College of Agricultural Sciences
Director – Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1201