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Barbara Christ Named Interim Dean

Barbara Christ, interim dean of the college.

Barbara Christ, senior associate dean and professor of plant pathology, has been named interim dean of the college while a national search for a permanent replacement gets under way. Former dean Bruce McPheron took on the role of vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, his undergraduate alma mater, last November.

“Barbara Christ has been on the college faculty since 1984 and her experience not only within the college but also within the agricultural community and among researchers is extensive and noteworthy,” says Robert Pangborn, interim executive vice president and provost. “She is the perfect candidate to lead the college during this period of transition and her experience as senior associate dean within the college will allow the college to keep its focus on its core missions.”

In her role as senior associate dean, Christ has wide-ranging duties that touch on all aspects of the college, including strategic planning, budgeting, personnel, promotion and tenure, external relations, and day-to-day operations. She played a key role in helping to plan and implement the college’s recent restructuring, which resulted in the reorganization of its academic departments and statewide extension programs.