June 29, 2016
Lincoln, Neb. — The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has appointed Phil Miller to the post of interim head of the Department of Animal Science and Curt Weller to the position of interim head of the Department of Food Science and Technology.
Miller, professor of animal science, will fill the leadership position held by Larry Berger who has announced his retirement effective June 30.
Weller, professor of food science and biological systems engineering, will fill the role left by Rolando Flores, who has been named dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. Flores will assume that role on Aug. 1.
“We have great confidence in Phil and Curt to lead their respective departments in the interim,” said Ron Yoder, interim vice chancellor for IANR. “Searches to identify permanent heads for each of these departments are moving forward quickly.”
The search committee for the animal science department head is concluding interviews with final candidates this week. A search committee is currently being assembled for the food science and technology department head. No specific deadline has been established for the completion of either search process.
In addition, IANR has named longtime faculty member Clayton Kelling as new director of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and associate dean for the ISU/UNL joint Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. The position was previously held by Don Reynolds. Kelling will serve in the position for a three-year term after which leadership in the school will be reevaluated.