University of Idaho Names a Term Dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Tuesday, June 11 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho announced the decision to postpone the national search for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences dean. The search will resume after a permanent provost has been named. The current interim dean, John Foltz, has been named as the college’s dean until June 2015.

“I appreciate John’s willingness to remain while the search is adjusted to follow the appointment of new executive leadership at the university,” said Don Burnett, UI interim president.

Foltz has served as the CALS interim dean since December 2012. Prior to the appointment as interim dean, Foltz served as associate dean since 2004 and director of academic programs for the college and its 1,200 students. He has played an active role on the dean’s management team in the land-grant based college with over 360 employees statewide, 10 research and extension centers, and faculty based in 42 of Idaho’s 44 counties.

“John has been a dedicated faculty member and administrative team member for the college,” said Katherine Aiken, interim provost and executive vice president. “His willingness to serve in this role is important to the continuity of leadership in the college during this transition.”

Foltz first arrived at the University of Idaho as an assistant professor in the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology in 1991. He earned his doctorate degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to his university responsibilities, Foltz has held a number of positions for national land-grant leadership associations. He currently serves on the National Advisory Committee of the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served as chair of the Board on Agricultural Assembly, Academic Programs Section for the Association of Public Land-grant Universities in 2009-10 and in executive board roles for the APLU’s Western Academic Program Directors Association.

Foltz also received the Regional Co-op Award presented by the Northwest Regional Cooperative Conference in 2010, and he is an eight-time recipient of the University of Idaho’s Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence, most recently in 2012.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.