CFAES has appointed a professor with additional experience in local government as the new chair of the Department of Plant Pathology. Along with an extensive academic career, Tom Mitchell, a professor of fungal biology and molecular genetics in the department, has served as a trustee in Delaware County’s Liberty Township, located north of Columbus. In that role, Mitchell served a population of nearly 20,000, managed a budget of over $11 million, oversaw 72 employees, and led negotiations on union contracts.
“The experiences I had as a township trustee are far different than any I would normally encounter as an academic,” Mitchell said. “They taught me valuable leadership lessons that I continually apply on campus.”