March 7, 2018

Finalists for dean of the College of Agriculture to make on-campus presentations

Three finalists for dean of the College of Agriculture will be on Purdue's West Lafayette campus for two-day interviews in April, the search committee announced today (March 7).

Willie Reed, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and chair of the search committee, said that as part of the process, each finalist will make a 40- to 45-minute public presentation and then take questions from the audience.

"This is an exciting time for the College of Agriculture as we prepare to take the college to the next level of excellence and impact,” Reed says. “These outstanding candidates are up to the task, and I urge faculty, staff and students to take this opportunity to hear from each of them."

Feedback on the candidates is requested, and an online tool will be provided on the candidate website at

Purdue's next dean of the College of Agriculture will succeed Jay Akridge, who in November became Purdue’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. Karen Plaut, senior associate dean of research and faculty affairs within the College of Agriculture, has been serving as interim dean.

Finalists and their presentation times are below, and all presentations will be held in Pfendler Hall, Deans Auditorium (Room 241). The candidates' full curriculum vitae are available at

* Karen Plaut, interim dean, College of Agriculture, Purdue — 9 a.m. April 9 (M).

* Alan R. Sams, executive associate dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University — 9 a.m. April 16 (M).

* Titus O. Awokuse, chair and professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University — 9 a.m. April 23 (M). 

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