Foltz Named U-Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Interim Dean

Wednesday, December 26 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has named John Foltz as the interim dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

“John has a broad understanding of the college, its people and its mission, which will be vital in making the transition to a new dean,” said M. Duane Nellis, president of the University of Idaho.

Foltz has served since 2004 as associate dean 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 and effective faculty member and administrative team member for the college,” said Doug Baker, provost and executive vice president. “His eight years of experience as the associate dean prepare him well for this interim role.”

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.

Foltz succeeds John Hammel who returned to the faculty after leading the college as dean for more than nine years.

The university will begin a national search to identify candidates for consideration as the university’s next permanent College of Agricultural and Life Sciences dean. Nominations for national search committee participation should be sent to by close of business, Jan. 7, 2013.
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