Dr. Todd A. Winters has accepted an appointment as dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, effective July 1 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Jerald Ogg, vice chancellor of academic affairs and provost, made the announcement June 6.
Winters, a professor and associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, earned his Ph.D. in endocrinology/reproductive physiology (biochemistry) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his master’s degree in animal science from Purdue University. His bachelor’s degree in animal science is from Washington State University, and he served as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville from 1992-94.
“I am looking forward to leading a college that is already moving in a positive direction,” Winters said. “Deans (Jerry) Gresham and (Jim) Byford should be proud of their accomplishments. The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is well positioned to train the workforce and provide assistance through research and outreach to help solve important societal issues related to food production and security; environmental stewardship and climate change; nutrition and family wellness; and food safety.”
Dr. Wes Totten, UT Martin associate professor of plant and soil science, chaired the search committee. Other members of the search committee included Dr. Lisa LeBleu, UT Martin professor of family and consumer sciences education; Maj. Christopher McDaniel, UT Martin assistant professor of military science; Dr. Ben West, UT Martin natural resources management graduate, and director, UT Extension Western Region; and Marcus Woods, UT Martin agriculture graduate and media professional in Jackson.
“This ended up being a particularly complex search, but the committee did a superb job recruiting an impressive group of interviewees,” Ogg said.
Winters succeeds Gresham, who is retiring June 30.
(Published in The Press on 6.11.13)