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Stier named assistant dean at UTK

Stier named assistant dean at UTK

Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:18 am

The University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) has named Dr. John Stier as its new assistant dean.
Dr. Stier, who is leaving his positions as chairman of the Horticulture Department and chairman of the Curriculum Study Committee for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, was expected to be on campus Monday.
Dr. Caula Beyl, UT CASNR dean, is looking forward to working with Stier. “CASNR is fortunate to have John join us, and we look forward to having him lend his expertise in so many areas,” she said.
Dean Beyl added, “Dr. Stier brings with him a delightful sense of humor, a passion for students and a strong work ethic. He will be able to share new perspectives on the teaching mission and best practices gained from having experienced the academic side of three different universities.”
In addition to his experience at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Stier earned a Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University and a master of science degree in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Stier said, “I’m tremendously excited to be joining the dynamic team of faculty, staff, and students of CASNR. There are a lot of great activities going on, more in the works, and a wonderful sense of enthusiasm and opportunity.”
He added, “My family and I are eager to be among the newest Volunteers.”
Stier will be settling into his office and new role just in time to be ready for students returning for fall semester. About 1,300 students, nearly 300 of whom are graduate students, are expected to be enrolled in eight academic programs, including plant and animal science programs; forestry, wildlife and fisheries; biosystems engineering and soil science; food science and technology; economics and resource development; and entomology and plant pathology.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

Published in The Messenger 8.2.11

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