Meet Dean James Pritchett
Dr. James Pritchett
Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
Director, Agricultural Experiment Station
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Dr. Pritchett serves as the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Colorado State University. His passion is serving Colorado agriculture and implementing the shared strategic vision of CAS. On a day-to-day basis, Pritchett directs operations and administration for the College’s activities. He is a land grant economist who enjoys working in a wide range of teaching, research and engagement activities including agribusiness management, water resource economics, community development and interdisciplinary land management strategies. Originally from southeastern Colorado, Pritchett is a two-time alumnus of CSU, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Agriculture and Applied Economics.
Dean’s Leadership Team
DR. JAN LEACH
Associate Dean for Research
Dr. Jan Leach is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture and a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. In her role as Associate Dean for Research, she provides strategic vision for research within the College, and works with faculty to build collaborative research teams. Her research group studies the molecular basis of durable plant disease resistance. Other projects in her laboratory are related to bioenergy (genetics of biomass production) and understanding the interactions of bacteria-insects-plants in plant health.
DR. EUGENE KELLY
Deputy Director – Ag Experiment Station, Associate Dean for Extension
Dr. Kelly, in close collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, evaluates and develops the framework, principles and processes will ensure that AES, college, and Extension services are aligned and serving our existing and evolving constituents. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Extension.
Chief of Staff & Operations
As Chief of Staff and Operations for the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU, Paula oversees the operational needs of the college while ensuring effective strategy development, implementation, and investment. She guides efforts in information technology, communications, and strategic partnerships in alignment with the college mission.
Paula joined CSU in 2014 as a Project Manager with the Office of Engagement and Extension, where she led the university’s work as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and guided the formation and development of the Provost’s Council for Engagement. Since joining the college in 2016, she has led strategic engaged initiatives including the annual CSU AgInnovation Summit series and CAS efforts at Spur at the National Western Center.
Paula earned a Honors B.A. in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and Masters in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Assistant Dean for Teaching Practice and Academic Programs
Matt Camper is the Assistant Dean for Teaching Practice and Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and a holds a Senior Teaching Appointment in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. His scope of work includes coordinating curriculum development and new program development in CAS, as well as assisting departments in adopting high impact teaching practices and evaluating teaching effectiveness. He is a passionate champion of the continuum of care for CSU students and on an inclusive and affirming environment for our students, faculty, and staff especially as it relates to the classroom and curriculum. Mr. Camper is an entomologist, current director of The CSU Bug Zoo is a live arthropod collection that meets with over 10,000 students and community members from nearly 50 different schools and multiple other events across the state. Mr. Camper is also the faculty sponsor for the Gillette Entomology club (the oldest continuously run student club at Colorado State University).
Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Student Success
Addy Elliott serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Student Success in the College of Agriculture at CSU. Her passion for supporting, empowering and encouraging students throughout their journey at CSU aligns with her responsibilities. In this role, Addy coordinates and elevates the College of Agricultural Science academic advisors to best serve our students. She also develops initiatives focused around student success in the College. Addy has a M.S. in Soil Science from CSU and maintains a teaching appointment in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Several of the courses Addy teaches include Environmental Issues in Agriculture, Topics in Organic Agriculture, and Composting Principles and Practices.
Dean’s Office Support Staff
Assistant to AES Deputy Director
Assistant to Associate Dean of Research
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Amy Bibbey joined the Dean’s Office after 16 years of experience in the financial services industry and nine years of experience in education. Combining this background with her life on the family farm outside of Wellington, Amy is passionate about supporting the staff, faculty and students at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Research Centers around the state. Amy is a graduate of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Fort Collins program and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.