Interim CFAES Dean Ron Hendrick, a Michigan State University alumnus, has been recommended as dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective July 1.
“I’m excited to welcome Dr. Hendrick back to MSU as the next dean of our College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “His strong leadership experience and ambitions for the future of CANR will benefit not only the college, but the entire university.”
Hendrick has served CFAES since 2013 in a variety of roles, including as senior associate dean and as director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to that, he was associate dean for academic affairs in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He was also graduate program coordinator for UGA’s School of Forestry.
“I’m honored to serve the college and university that provided the foundation for so much of my personal and professional success,” said Hendrick. “The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is an outstanding organization, and I’m thrilled to be coming back to MSU in a leadership role.”
In his work for CFAES, Hendrick led the creation of a comprehensive master plan for college facilities that totaled $350 million and encompassed more than 300 physical structures, two campuses, and nearly a dozen outlying research and outreach stations. Additionally, he led successful fundraising efforts to raise $14 million in capital funds to improve facilities, and an $80 million multi-stakeholder effort to re-envision the college’s animal populations is underway.—from the Michigan State University Extension press release