Gary Pierzynski joined CFAES today as the associate dean for research and graduate education. Dean Kress announced Gary’s appointment on March 30, 2018. Gary comes to us from Kansas State University where he is a University Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Agronomy. He is president-elect of the American Society of Agronomy and previously served as president of the Soil Science Society of America. He serves on the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
As associate dean for research and graduate education, Gary is the principal administrative officer of the CFAES research enterprise and will drive the future strategy for enhancing and expanding research and graduate education within the college, as well supporting undergraduate research.
Lori Bowman has accepted the position of special assistant to the vice president and dean. She will join CFAES on July 23. Lori comes to CFAES from The Ohio State University Graduate School where she serves as a human resources/fiscal officer. In this position, Lori is responsible for developing and overseeing a $28 million budget, managing all personnel activity, interpreting university policies and procedures, maintaining the business continuity plan, and contributing to university-wide projects like Workday. Prior to that, she was a human resources/financial manager for CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering as well as a financial aid counselor at Tiffin University. Lori received a master’s degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from CFAES.
As special assistant, Lori serves as a senior staff member planning and coordinating administrative, financial, and operational activities for the vice president and dean’s office. She will organize and prioritize critical issues and required information for the executive team to facilitate efficient decision making; manage college policy, standard operating procedures and guideline development; oversee administrative searches and appointments for college leadership positions; and oversee administrative staff. She also will serve as a liaison to university offices; plan and coordinate cabinet, chair and leadership meetings; and manage and lead college-wide projects and initiatives.