From Terry Etherton

Posted: December 21, 2011

New Department of Animal Science launches on July 1, 2012


Dr. Terry D. EthertonAs many of you have likely heard, much organizational change is anticipated within the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. With respect to the Department, we will merge with the Department of Poultry Science to create the new Department of Animal Science. In the College, there will be a change in the number of academic departments, from the current twelve to nine. As the result of the Board of Trustees approving the College reorganizational plan, an implementation timeline has been established. The new Department of Animal Science will begin operation on July 1, 2012. 

You may wonder what this means for our teaching, research and extension programs. The transition to form the Department of Animal Science will be seamless. For many years, we have partnered closely with the Department of Poultry Science to operate and manage our undergraduate and graduate teaching programs. There have been numerous other collaborations between the two departments that position us superbly for the transition. I assure you that the undergraduate student clubs and judging teams that we sponsor as well as the many other activities we conduct will continue. As always, we will continue our pursuit of high excellence to maintain our stature as one of the elite animal science programs in the United States.

Since becoming Head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science in 1998, I have participated in many strategic planning activities that have been designed to seek change in order to achieve greater benefits. I appreciate all the positive input that many of you have contributed throughout the process. I strongly believe that the change we are embarking on with respect to forming the new Department of Animal Science will be a very positive change for all of those we serve.

As always, if you have any questions as we move forward, please let me know. With this, I wish you all the very best for a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season!

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