January 22, 2018
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WSU appoints new dean to oversee agriculture programs across the state

A zoological researcher with experience in Australia, Canada, Vermont and Arizona will lead one of Washington State University's largest departments. WSU has announced that André-Denis Girard Wright will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS).

He'll oversee about 1,200 staff and faculty members and nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The college includes 16 academic schools and departments, four research and extension centers and 40 county and tribal extension offices across the state. Its scientists are key to Washington's many agricultural sectors, including wheat and tree fruit.

“WSU has a very serious role being the research and development arm for much of the food and agriculture industry of Washington state,” said Dan Bernardo, former director of CAHNRS and now WSU provost. “The leader of that has to be an excellent scientist who really understands the relationship between research and the problems and challenges we face in the food industry and natural resource management, et cetera.”

Wright comes to WSU from the University of Arizona, where for three years he has led the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. His research contributions are extensive, with more than 100 peer-reviewed papers published. In 2008, a new species of protozoa, Apokeronopsis wrighti, was named after Wright in recognition of his contributions to microbiology.

The Spokesman-Review and Capital Press have more.

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