CSU, Chico News

Unruh Appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture

Date: 01-20-2016

Sarah DeForest
College of Agriculture
Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

John Unruh, chair of the Food Science Undergraduate Program at Kansas State University, has been named dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. Unruh will begin his position Aug. 1, replacing Dave Daley, who has served as interim dean of the College of Agriculture since 2014.

Unruh holds a doctorate degree in animal sciences and industry with an emphasis in meat science and beef production from Kansas State University. He grew up on a diversified crop and registered cattle farm near Warden, Washington, and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal sciences from Washington State University. He has taught in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University since 1988, and in 2009 was appointed chair of the Food Science Undergraduate Program.

“I am excited to work with the outstanding faculty and staff at California State University, Chico to serve students and the agriculture community,” Unruh said. “The diversity of agriculture in Northern California and the high quality hands-on learning opportunities in the College of Agriculture put Chico at the forefront of agricultural education.”

Unruh’s appointment is the result of an extensive nationwide search for the next dean of the College of Agriculture. Search committee chair and agriculture professor Brad Dodson said the college is pleased to have recruited Unruh.

“Dr. Unruh has a strong reputation for teaching, research and program development,” Dodson said. “He has coached two national champion meat judging teams, led nine agriculture study abroad trips, and won numerous awards for his teaching and service. Hands-on learning and student success are at the forefront of everything he has done in his career.”

With four undergraduate degree programs and an online master’s degree in agricultural education, the College of Agriculture has more than doubled its enrollment in the past seven years. Its integrated agricultural curriculum, combined with the high-quality living laboratory provided by the University Farm, prepares future agricultural leaders for the challenges of feeding the world and nurturing local communities. Learn more about the College of Agriculture at www.csuchico.edu/ag.