New CANR dean takes the helm

Just two days ago, Dr. Fred Poston began his appointment as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Poston is no stranger to the role. He served as dean previously from 1991 to 1998. During that time, he advanced many changes, among them the creation of Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs) and the development of the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM). He also guided the Revitalization of Animal Agriculture in Michigan Initiative (AAI).

Prior to stepping once again into the office of dean, Dr. Poston served as Michigan State University’s vice president for finance and operations.

As dean, Dr. Poston replaces interim dean Doug Buhler.

I’d like to thank Dr. Buhler for his steady leadership during a time of considerable challenges to our college and to Michigan State University Extension. Doug did a great job of building trust among faculty, academic staff, administrators and support staff. He helped to create a sense of optimism and directed us all to look forward to opportunities rather than to look back at challenges we had faced. And although he came to the interim dean role with considerable respect and appreciation for our mission in MSU Extension, I think it’s safe to say his appreciation grew even more during his tenure as interim dean.

And I’m honored to welcome Dr. Poston back to a role that he filled very well in the past and that has changed considerably since he left Agriculture Hall. He has changed as well – he comes to us as a vice president, and although the title does not come with him, the presence and experience that he had as vice president DOES come with him. The insights he has gained from that experience and the influence he had in that role will serve us extremely well in the months and years ahead.

For more on Dr. Poston, read his biography.

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