New gigs: Cochran, senior administrative officer; Delisio, assistant VP for development; Weiss, Peffer, Parker in Animal Sciences

Interim CFAES Dean Lonnie King recently announced the following administrative changes.

Graham Cochran, senior administrative officer

I’m pleased to announce that Graham Cochran has accepted the senior administrative officer position for the college. He will be serving in the position vacated by Ryan Schmiesing, who is now working for the provost in the Office of Academic Affairs. Graham, who has served as interim chair in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) for the last 13 months, has been a part of the college for 20 years. His work in organizational and workforce development provided the type of experience necessary for him to successfully develop an online master’s program for ACEL, co-lead the Vice President’s Conversation on the Future of Extension, and move ACEL forward in a positive direction over the last year. Pending Office of Academic Affairs approval, Graham’s appointment is effective Aug. 1.

Chris Delisio, assistant VP for development

CFAES Chief Advancement Officer Chris Delisio has been promoted to assistant vice president for development with The Ohio State University Foundation effective Aug. 1. Chris has more than 20 years of development experience spanning multiple institutions, including Dayton, Ohio University and Ohio Wesleyan. He has done exceptional work as the college’s chief advancement officer, where he has led three consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising. Chris will continue to be involved in CFAES operations throughout this transition period and in the future. He previously served as the senior director of development at the James Cancer Hospital and was instrumental in that team’s impressive start to the But for Ohio State campaign. Chris has developed strong relationships across the enterprise, including with Provost Bruce McPheron and other academic and volunteer leaders. University Advancement will oversee the immediate search to expeditiously fill Chris’s position.

Bill Weiss, interim chair, Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences Department Chair Henry Zerby left the college effective July 31. Henry, who had been chair of the department since June 2014, joined Quality Supply Chain Co-op Inc. in Dublin, Ohio. As many of you may already know, Associate Chair Joseph Hogan is retiring. The interim chair for the department is William Weiss. Bill is a highly respected and recognized dairy nutritionist, who received the Fellow Award in 2015 from the American Dairy Science Association. His main research areas are the effects of nutrition, specifically vitamins and trace minerals, on the health of dairy cows; energy metabolism of dairy cows; statistical and chemical evaluation of feedstuffs; and nutritional effects on milk composition. He has also received the OARDC Junior and Senior Faculty Awards (1997, 2006), the ADSA American Feed Industry Association Award (2001), the Ohio State Gamma Sigma Delta Extension Award of Merit (2005), the ADSA Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award (2006), and the ADSA Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award (2009).

Pasha Lyvers Peffer and Tony Parker, interim associate chairs, Animal Sciences

The two interim associate chairs of the Department of Animal Sciences are Pasha Lyvers Peffer and Tony Parker. Pasha, who resides on the Columbus campus, has been serving as the chair of Academic Affairs for the department and also coordinates the Honors Program. Her research areas are swine and nutrition. She holds a PhD in nutrition from North Carolina State University, an MS in animal science from Michigan State University and a BS in animal science from the University of Kentucky.

Tony, located on the Wooster campus, is an animal nutritionist who will be working with the InFACT Discovery Theme team. InFACT, short for Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, seeks transformational solutions for resilient, sustainable and global food security. Tony joined the department from Australia and has experience in that country’s extensive grazing industries. His research interests are stress physiology and nutrition of ruminants and ruminant production systems.

I have put together a strong leadership team that will lead the Department of Animal Sciences during this transition as the college embarks on a search for permanent leadership.

Please join me in wishing Chris and Henry all the best in their new endeavors and welcoming Graham to his new role in the college.