Last week, Gary Straquadine shared with me that, effective June 30, 2015, he will return to Utah State to serve as vice provost and associate director, School of Applied Technology. While I’m disappointed to see Gary leave, I know this is an outstanding opportunity for him to return to an institution and state that he knows so well.
Since July 1, 2012, Gary has served as chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, where he successfully led or collaborated with faculty and staff on a number of successful efforts. The department completed an excellent external review, finished a new strategic plan and updated its patterns of administration during Gary’s tenure. Those efforts set the stage for the department to continue developing its online master’s degree program and to attract two outstanding new faculty members, one each in agricultural communication and in community leadership. Gary also was instrumental in facilitating the transfer of the OSU Leadership Center into the academic department.
Please join me in wishing Gary well as he takes the next step in his professional career. Following conversations with department faculty and staff in the coming weeks, I’ll share information about interim and transitional leadership for the department.—Bruce McPheron