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Four finalists for vice president, dean of agriculture to visit MSU April 8 through 17

April 4, 2014 -- MSU News Service

Teresa Balser, a finalist for the position of vice president/dean of the College of Agriculture at MSU, will give an on-campus presentation on April 8.Eric Triplett, a finalist for the position of vice president/dean of the College of Agriculture at MSU, will give an on-campus presentation on April 15.Robert Burns, a finalist for the position of vice president/dean of the College of Agriculture at MSU, will give an on-campus presentation on April 17.Beverly Durgan, a finalist for the position of vice president/dean of the College of Agriculture at MSU, will give an on-campus presentation on April 14.

Teresa Balser, a finalist for the position of vice president/dean of the College of Agriculture at MSU, will give an on-campus presentation on April 8.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN – Four finalists for a position to lead the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station at Montana State University will visit campus from April 8 through 17.

MSU elevated its dean of the College of Agriculture to a vice presidential position earlier this year, in recognition of its importance to the state’s economy and the MSU mission. The new vice president of agriculture will lead the College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

Teresa Balser is a professor in the Department of Soil and Water Science and currently on leave as dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She earned bachelor’s degrees in both biology and earth sciences from Dartmouth College in 1992. She earned her doctorate in soil microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000.  For more information, see her CV at right, below the photos.

Her public on-campus presentation at MSU will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in room 134 of MSU’s Animal Bioscience Building. Video conferencing will be available.

Beverly Durgan is dean of University of Minnesota Extension and a University of Minnesota professor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business from Montana State University in 1981, her master’s in agronomy/weed science from North Dakota State University in 1983 and her doctorate in agronomy/weed science from NDSU in 1985.  For more information, see her CV at right, below the photos.

Her on-campus presentation to the public will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, in room 134 of the Animal Bioscience Building. Video conferencing will be available.

Eric Triplett is a professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1976 from Rutgers University, his master’s degree in botany/plant physiology from the University of Maryland in 1978 and his Ph.D. in agronomy/plant physiology from the University of Missouri in 1981.  For more information, see his CV at right, below the photos.

His public on-campus presentation at MSU will run from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in room 134 of the Animal Bioscience Building. Video conferencing will be available.

Robert Burns is assistant dean and professor at the University of Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1990, his master’s in environmental engineering in 1992 and his Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1995, all at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  For more information, see his CV at right, below the photos.

His public on-campus presentation at MSU will run from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 17, in room 108 of the Plant Bioscience Building. Video conferencing will be available.

MSU’s College of Agriculture has 1,028 students with 11 bachelor degree programs, nine master degree programs and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. Historically, it has been among the top three MSU colleges in terms of research activity. The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station conducts research at seven research centers strategically located across the state to address the diverse climatological challenges of Montana’s agriculture industry.

MSU’s new vice president of agriculture will also serve as the dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture, taking over from Glenn Duff who has been interim dean and director since Jeff Jacobsen stepped down in September.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu