Agriculture dean search narrowed to 3

Ernesto Rivera

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Karen Jones, department chair for plant, soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University, is one of three candidates for the dean of agriculture. Photo courtesy of Karen Jones.

The College of Agriculture has narrowed its search for a new dean to three candidates, all from out-of-state universities.

Dave Daley, University Farm administrator, is currently serving as interim dean after the previous dean Jennifer Fox retired in June.

The candidates are:

  • Dr. Karen Jones, department chair for plant, soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University.
  • Dr. Joseph Culin, associate dean for research and graduate studies at Clemson University.
  • Dr. Frederic Lemieux, professor and director of police science and security at The George Washington University.

Jones and Culin visited the campus where they met with students and gave a presentation on their qualifications on Oct. 13 and 16, respectively. Lemieux will visit the campus on Monday.

There is no timeline as to when a decision will be made.

Ernesto Rivera can be reached at [email protected] or @ernestorivera on Twitter.

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