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Splett Named Interim Dean of CAFES

JAN. 27, 2006--University of Wisconsin-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz has named Nate Splett, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and professor of agriculture economics, as interim dean of CAFES.

Splett replaces Steve Ridley, who retired as CAFES dean in January after 31 years of service to UW-River Falls.

In addition to his administrative duties at UW-RF, Splett also teaches introductory agricultural economics, advanced microeconomic theory, agricultural accounting, agriculture law, farm management and horticulture management. He is a former chair of the UW-RF department of agricultural economics.

Splett's experience combines teaching and research with experience in agri-business and the public schools. He was a vocational agriculture instructor in the Barron and Turtle Lake high schools, a loan officer for Production Credit Association, a supervisor for the Farm Credit Administration, has served as a consultant to agriculture-oriented financial institutions, and has taught economics at UW-Stout. He has also been a visiting lecturer at the Academy of National Economy in Moscow.  

Splett was named the 2005 Advisor of the Year at the University. The award was established in 2000 to recognize an outstanding faculty advisor with nominations by graduating seniors and alumni.

Splett holds a B.S. in agricultural education and an M.S. in agricultural economics from UW-RF as well as a Ph.D. in agriculture economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is a member of the Bloomer Historical Society, Christ Lutheran Church, Scandinavian Cemetery Association, and Barron County Woodland Owners Association as well as a former president of the CAFES Alumni Association. He also farms in Barron and Chippewa counties.

A native of Barron County, Splett lives in Bloomer, where his wife, Becky, is an elementary school teacher in the Bloomer School District.

Splett will continue the duties of interim dean until May 15 when Dale Gallenberg, of South Dakota State, assumes the position of dean of CAFES.

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