Wendy Powers, a seasoned leader who guides statewide agricultural research and extension for the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has been named the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. , Human and Natural Resources from Washington State University.
WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton today announced the selection of Powers following a nationwide search. Dean Powers will join the college, referred to at WSU by the acronym CAHNRS, on August 15, 2022.
“Dr. Powers draws on a wealth of experience leading the land-grant mission,” said Provost Chilton. “She embodies that mission through her collaborative work with agricultural producers and peer researchers at the nationwide.Her demonstrated success in fostering academic excellence, resilient partnerships, and community engagement in many states makes her ideal to lead this college into the future.
Powers said she was honored to be a part of CAHNRS history.
“Discovery at this college touches every corner of Washington, and I’m excited for the opportunity to tap into that potential,” she said. “What really appeals to me is the chance to make a difference for all Washingtonians by supporting progress and sharing new ideas in agriculture, natural resources, and the humanities.”
Statewide Partnership Builder
As Associate Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Powers has led academic, research, and outreach programs for the University of California since 2016. She has built partnerships within and beyond the university, overseeing county-based cooperative extension, 12 statewide programs and institutes and nine research and extension centers across California.
Powers began her career as an assistant professor and animal science extension specialist at Iowa State University, then moved to Michigan State University, where she served as a full professor in the departments of Animal Science and Biosystems and agricultural engineer, extension specialist and director. Environmental Stewardship for Animal Agriculture at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She was also the first director of the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute for Michigan State University Extension.
As a scientist, Powers has linked research discovery with raising awareness in the livestock industry, providing knowledge and tools to help producers reduce their environmental impacts while remaining competitive and meeting demand. growing consumer. She holds a doctorate in animal science and a master’s degree in dairy science from the University of Florida, as well as a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University.
Powers replaces former Dean André-Denis Wright, who led the college from 2018 to 2021. Acting Dean Richard T. Koenig has overseen CAHNRS since mid-2021.
“On behalf of the university, I share my deepest gratitude to Dr. Koenig for his stewardship and leadership of CAHNRS,” said Chilton. “He has been a consistent and positive force for the college during an era of change, and I wish him well as he resumes chairing the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.
“I also thank all of the applicants, as well as all of the research committee’s faculty, staff, and agricultural partners for their efforts to provide new and inspiring leadership to CAHNRS,” she added.
CAHNRS shares WSU research and discovery with Washington through an expansive state presence, with 12 schools and departments, three extension program units, four research and extension centers, and extension offices serving 39 counties as well as the Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Innovation in CAHNRS creates healthy communities, families and children, supports the economy and the environment, and continually advances the science and practice of agriculture, helping to feed a growing world population. In fiscal year 2021, CAHNRS received over $83 million in research funding, representing more than 23% of WSU’s total extramural research funding.