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Kathryn VandenBosch named U. of Wisconsin agricultural sciences dean

University of Wisconsin
October 25, 2011
Kathryn VandenBosch, professor of plant biology at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, has been selected as the new dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"We are delighted that professor VandenBosch will be joining us. She brings a wealth of experience, accomplishments, and leadership acquired at public land grant institutions not dissimilar from Wisconsin. Her very articulate and insightful approach will be most effective in the diverse components of CALS and Wisconsin's agricultural community," says Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr.

VandenBosch has headed the plant biology department at the University of Minnesota since 2001, with a brief hiatus in 2006 to serve as interim dean of the newly formed College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. She is also a member and former chair of the executive committees of both the Faculty Senate and the University Senate.

"I am really honored by my selection and very appreciative of how welcoming everyone has been. I'm looking forward to getting to know people better and becoming a part of the CALS community," VandenBosch says.

Her research focuses on the genetics of plant-microbe interactions and nitrogen fixation in legumes, a family that includes several agriculturally important species, and in 2009 was named a fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Prior to her tenure at the University of Minnesota, VandenBosch was a faculty member at Texas A&M University for 12 years. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in botany from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and spent time at both UW-Madison and the John Innes Institute in Great Britain as a postdoctoral associate.
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