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Cal State-Chico names new agriculture dean

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CHICO, Calif. — John Unruh, chairman of the Food Science Undergraduate Program at Kansas State University, has been named dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico.

Unruh will begin his position Aug. 1, replacing Dave Daley, who has served as interim dean of the College of Agriculture since 2014.

He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal sciences from Washington State University and holds a doctorate degree in animal sciences and industry with an emphasis in meat science and beef production from Kansas State University.

Unruh has taught in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University since 1988, and in 2009 was appointed chairman of the Food Science Undergraduate Program.

“I am excited to work with the outstanding faculty and staff at California State University, Chico to serve students and the agriculture community,” Unruh said. “The diversity of agriculture in Northern California and the high quality hands-on learning opportunities in the College of Agriculture put Chico at the forefront of agricultural education.”

Brad Dodson, search committee chairman and agriculture professor, said, “Dr. Unruh has a strong reputation for teaching, research and program development. He has coached two national champion meat judging teams, led nine agriculture study abroad trips, and won numerous awards for his teaching and service. Hands-on learning and student success are at the forefront of everything he has done in his career.”

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