I am delighted to inform you that Dr. Jessica Davis has accepted my offer to be the next Department Head of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Dr. Davis will assume her responsibilities effective July 15, 2016.
With unanimous recommendation from the search committee and strong endorsement from faculty and staff, I am confident that Jessica Davis will help bring a unique perspective to the department while understanding the rich history of our College and university.
Jessica and I believe that the department’s strong faculty foundation, values rooted in student learning, and commitment to high quality knowledge creation provide the necessary ingredients for building on historical strengths and exploring new avenues for growth and national reputation. Jessica’s strong commitment to global impact of research, student growth and professional development, engagement with research centers, commodity and constituent groups, and outstanding science will serve her well as she takes on the responsibilities of leading the talented team currently in place within the department.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jessica Davis on her appointment. While we will find an appropriate event to recognize and thank Dr. Steve Wallner, I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank him on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students for his over two decades of service to the Department and College as Department Head. His many contributions are never to be forgotten. In addition, I want to thank Dr. Mark Brick and members of the search committee for their commitment and hard work throughout the search process.
Warmest regards and best wishes for a productive summer.
Dean – College of Agricultural Sciences
Director – Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1201