Ohio State’s acting ag dean, Ron Hendrick, takes top spot at Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ronald L. Hendrick will be recommended as dean of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If approved by the MSU board of trustees, Hendrick’s appointment will be effective July 1, 2016.

Hendrick, a Spartan alumnus, has been serving as acting vice president for agricultural administration and acting dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science at The Ohio State University. Previously a senior associate dean and professor, Hendrick has been acting dean since Bruce McPheron was named interim executive vice president and provost in early December.

Hendrick, who joined Ohio State in 2013, also served as director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to that, he was associate dean for academic affairs in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He was also graduate program coordinator for UGA’s School of Forestry.

“I’m honored to serve the college and university that provided the foundation for so much of my personal and professional success,” said Hendrick. “I’m thrilled to be coming back to MSU in a leadership role.”

Hendrick earned his bachelor and doctoral degrees from MSU in forestry and forest ecology, in 1986 and 1992, respectively. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 1992-1993.

Hendrick succeeds Fred L. Poston, who retired in December.

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