CFAES Leadership Updates

Steve Neal

Steven Neal, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, has accepted the appointment of Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs.

Steve has served as interim Associate Dean since October 2017 and Assistant Dean since 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Agricultural Technical Institute, where he supervised master scheduling, registration, financial aid, and academic discipline. He was responsible for implementation of the new curriculum as the university transitioned to the semester system.

Steve received his B.S. in Animal Science in 1982, and an M.S. in Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics in 1984, both from CFAES. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987, also in Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics.

Larry Madden

Larry Madden has agreed to continue serving as interim chair for the Department of Plant Pathology as we continue the search for a permanent chair.

Larry is an international authority in plant disease epidemiology. He was hired at OSU in 1980, and was appointed the endowed professor of plant protection in 2008. He has served as interim or acting chair of the department three different times.

Larry has published over 240 scientific journal articles and two books. He is a former president of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), the largest professional organization of plant pathologists in the world. He has received many honors, including the Ruth Allen Award from APS, and the Jakob Eriksson Gold Medal from the International Society of Plant Pathology. He is an elected fellow of two scientific societies.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology/Botany from Penn State University and his master’s and Ph.D. in plant pathology also from Penn State University.


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