Dean's Leadership Team
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. Kelly - the Deputy Director of AES, 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.
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 (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), and the faculty sponsor for the Gillette Entomology club (the oldest continuously run student club at Colorado State University).
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.
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.
Dr. Lang earned a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Fredonia, a M.S. in Plant Pathology and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Colorado State University. She currently serves the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU as Director of Strategic Partnerships where she provides stewardship of external relationships with academic, corporate and non-profit entities. She oversees partnerships that promote advanced research and student success in alignment with the college mission. Prior to this position she spent seven years as a lab and project manager for a large molecular plant pathology at CSU and as a senior scientist at a biofuel start-up company. She continues to conduct her own research in the development of genomics-based diagnostic tools for plant pathogens, the evolution of bacterial pathogenicity, host adaptation and molecular mechanisms of host resistance using rice and corn as model crops.