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Wisconsin Native Named CAFES Dean

JAN. 9, 2006--A native of Antigo, Wis., was named Friday as the new dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Dale Gallenberg, who now heads the plant science department at South Dakota State University, will assume his new responsibilities on May 15. He replaces Dean Steve Ridley, who is retiring in January after 31 years associated with UW-RF.

In announcing the selection, Chancellor Don Betz cited Gallenberg's expertise in his discipline, extension experiences, skill at administrating and collaborating across numerous academic departments, and his strong record of assisting in the economic development of the agriculture industry.

"I am very pleased that Dale Gallenberg will be joining us as the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Dale brings to CAFES and to the UW-River Falls team a rich career of experiences and expertise with proven results. He will be serving in this vital leadership role at an important moment in the development of both the college and University.  

"As a member of UW-River Falls leadership team, Dale will collaborate across the University and throughout the state to ensure that Wisconsin's agriculture industry continues to prosper and advance," Betz said.

Gallenberg holds a bachelor's degree in plant pathology and horticulture from UW-Madison. He received master's and doctorate degrees in plant pathology from Cornell University, where he also served for six years as a research assistant.

He joined SDSU in 1984 as an extension plant pathologist and faculty member. He held that post for 11 years, developing and implementing statewide educational programs in plant disease management. On an annual basis, Gallenberg was in direct contact with some 2,500 producers and others in South Dakota's agriculture industry.

His responsibilities found him collaborating with other extension specialists and researchers from SDSU and other universities, county extension agents and educators, state and federal government agency personnel, commodity group representatives, crop consultants, industry personnel and the media. At SDSU Gallenberg was an active researcher as well, receiving numerous grants for work on a variety of topics. He was also involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

In 1996 he was selected to serve as the head of the plant science department where he also is a professor. That department is the largest at SDSU and is multidisciplinary with a broad scope of programs in teaching, research, extension and outreach, as well as technical service. Gallenberg directed more than 100 faculty and staff members in crop science, soil and water sciences, entomology, plant pathology and weed science.

In his current position he has extensive experience partnering with South Dakota's crop commodity groups and other agricultural industry organizations, including the Crop Improvement Association, Wheat Commission, Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Corn Utilization Council and Oilseeds Council.   Additionally, he served as chair of the board of directors of the South Dakota Foundation Seed Stocks Division.

His many accolades include the Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota Extension Specialists Association, the ABS Dean's Outstanding Service Recognition Award, and the Plant Science Graduate Student Association Faculty/Staff Outstanding Service Award.

Gallenberg, who continues to teach in addition to his administrative responsibilities, said he looks forward to leading CAFES, with its emphasis on undergraduate education.

"I sincerely appreciate the opportunity being given to me to join the UW-River Falls family as the next dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The institution is filled at all levels with people who are dedicated, energetic, effective and professional in how they conduct themselves and their programs.  

"I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students in the college, along with the rest of the university leadership team, and supporters across the state and region, as we move forward in completing the mission of UW-RF and CAFES."

Gallenberg was selected following an extensive national search. Chairing that committee was Professor Douglas Johnson, director of UW-RF's graduate studies program and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"The search process attracted a very strong pool of highly qualified applicants and Dr. Gallenberg quickly emerged as one of the top candidates," Johnson said. "His background and experience make him an excellent fit for the college and his campus visit confirmed that he has the qualities we were seeking in a new dean. I am confident that Dr. Gallenberg will be a great addition to the leadership team at UW-River Falls."

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences enrolls about 1,100 students, making it one of the largest undergraduate non-land grant programs in the nation.   Founded in 1912, it offers majors in business, education, engineer technology, animal science, biotechnology, conservation, crop and soils sciences, dairy science, horticulture, geology, environmental science, food science and technology, land use planning and marketing communications. The College also offers a pre-veterinary science program.



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