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Courtesy OSU Oregon State University has named Alan R. Sams the new dean of its College of Agricultural Sciences and director of OSU’s Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station

Alan R. Sams

Oregon State University has named Alan R. Sams the new dean of its College of Agricultural Sciences and director of OSU’s Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, according to a news release. Sams, who worked in prominent agricultural programs at both Texas A&M and Clemson universities, will start work on Oct. 31. He replaces Dan Arp, who is retiring after six years as dean.

OSU’s ag sciences program offers 13 undergraduate and graduate degree programs with more than 2,600 students, 250 faculty and $90 million in research expenditures.

“I am excited to become part of Oregon State University and its commitment to the land grant mission,” Sams said in the release. “It has a student-centered environment combined with an excellent faculty at the forefront of their fields and a commitment to serve all the citizens and industry of Oregon.”

For the past nine years, Sams was executive associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M. He previously was dean for two years at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in poultry science and a doctorate in food science and human nutrition, all from the University of Florida.

Bill Boggess, executive associate dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is serving as interim dean from Sept. 1 through Oct. 30, following Arp’s retirement.

The complete news release is available at: https://bit.ly/2MJF65r