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New Dean of College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences Named

David Hammer has been named the new dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, starting January 2004. He will also hold a tenured professor appointment in the department of Plant and Earth Science. Interim Dean Stephen Ridley will continue to serve in the position throughout 2003.

In accepting the appointment, Hammer said that he had come to the interview with high opinion of the university and its faculty, staff and students. "My expectations were exceeded, and the position of Dean of CAFES was all I had hoped it would be," Hammer said. "I am delighted to accept the challenges and opportunities associated with the college, the university and the region it serves."

Hammer cited the outstanding national reputation UW-River Falls enjoys as a teaching institution, the commitment of the state to education, and the excitement of working to create a sustainable approach to living in the urban-rural interface as reasons for accepting the challenge the CAFES dean position.

Hammer earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, a M.S. in forestry at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a Ph.D. in soil genesis from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Since 1986 he has been on the faculty at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He served as chair of the Department of Soil and Atmospheric Sciences from 1998 to 2002.

Hammer was the unanimous choice of the members of the UWRF search committee for his understanding of integrated production agriculture, commitment to the undergraduate educational process, and the ability to articulate a clear vision for the college.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ginny Coombs expressed her confidence in Dr. HammerŐs ability to lead the college in new directions. "He has the skills, the vision and the ability to lead the college as it maintains its historic strength in undergraduate education," says Coombs. "We look forward to his joining us in January."


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