A transition priority since my arrival has been to fully consider our CFAES Leadership Team and address open leadership positions. I just announced the launch of two national searches for the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education, and Associate Dean and Director, Academic Affairs. A few weeks ago, we announced the appointment of John Foltz, who will join us October 9 as the chair for Animal Sciences. Today, I am pleased to announce Terry Niblack has accepted the appointment of Senior Associate Dean effective October 1.
Terry has most recently served as interim Senior Associate Dean for CFAES. She received her BS and MS degrees from the University of Tennessee, and her PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Georgia. Following a two-year postdoc at Iowa State University, she joined the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia as an Assistant Professor. She moved to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2001. In 2011, Terry joined CFAES in the Department of Plant Pathology to serve as Chair.
The Senior Associate Dean is primarily responsible for promoting and sustaining a culture that encourages professional development and advancement of faculty and staff, while embracing and promoting diversity and inclusion in their broadest meanings and supporting the development and implementation of the college’s strategic priorities and goals. Terry will work to enhance processes for faculty recruitment, onboarding, integration, retention, evaluation, and promotion; facilitate administrator searches and administrative appointments; and create and support workforce development and planning college-wide including professional development and career advancement opportunities for faculty and staff. Supervising the Directors of Human Resources and Equity & Inclusion, Terry will support all facets of human resources and equity and inclusion including serving as the college diversity advocate to help nurture cultural competency and an inclusive environment. She also will promote a climate of engagement and communication.
Terry brings considerable experience and a depth of understanding of CFAES, she has been an asset during our leadership transition, and I have great confidence in her leadership and direction. Please join me in thanking Terry for her service as interim and congratulating her on this appointment.
Cathann A. Kress, Ph.D.
Vice President of Agricultural Administration & Dean
The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
140 Ag Administration | 2120 Fyffe Road | Columbus, OH 43210