From Terry Etherton

Posted: June 24, 2011

College restructuring's impact on department


Dr. Terry D. EthertonThe College of Agricultural Sciences is restructuring. Last year, Dean Bruce McPheron engaged a strategic review process to evaluate the current College structure. This has resulted in a proposal that the Dean publicly announced on June 10, 2011. The proposal is a draft recommendation that nine new academic departments (currently there are 12) will constitute the future College of Agricultural Sciences (please visit to learn more about the details and implementation timeline).

You might ask, what would this mean for the Department? The answer is that the Department of Poultry Science would merge with the Department of Dairy and Animal Science to create a new Department of Animal Sciences. Operationally, the transition would be seamless since the two departments work together closely.  For years, the two departments have co-managed our undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, there are ongoing research programs that span the two departments. 

The Dean has invited comments on his proposal. After the comment period ends on July 5, the Dean will prepare a final proposal for consideration by the Provost, who is responsible for submitting the proposal to the University Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate will review the proposal and make a recommendation to President Spanier on the restructuring proposal.  Ultimately, the Board of Trustees will consider the proposed restructuring of the College.

The proposed timeline for implementation is July 1, 2012.

We in the department look forward to continuing our legacy of excellence in fundamental and translational research, highly relevant and recognized Extension education programming, and education of career-ready graduates.

If you have any questions about the structure of the new Department, please let me know.

With all best wishes,

Terry D. Etherton
Department Head and
Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition