In an email to Purdue College of Agriculture faculty and staff, Provost Jay Akridge announced that Karen Plaut would be his successor as the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture effective May 21.
Akridge says in his email, “Karen brings a tremendous amount of leadership experience to the dean position and will draw from her previous roles as senior associate dean of research and faculty affairs and director of agricultural research for Purdue; chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at both Michigan State University and the University of Vermont; and lead scientist for the NASA International Space Station Biological Research Project. Her passion for the college and its land-grant mission, her creativity, and her demonstrated commitment to building a climate of respect and inclusion will help her take the college to exciting new places.”
Plaut received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Vermont. She went on to receive a Master of Science degree in animal nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a doctoral degree in animal science from Cornell University. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Hear the newsmaker podcast:Dean-Karen-Plaut-Purdue-Ag
The president of Indiana Farm Bureau Randy Kron said, “I want to congratulate Dr. Plaut on her much-deserved appointment as the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue. We have worked closely with Dr. Plaut over the years and look forward to supporting her in this new role that is so crucial in developing future ag leaders and helping to shape agriculture in Indiana.”
Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler issued the following statement:
“Karen is an excellent choice as the new Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture. Her dedication and experience makes her uniquely qualified to be able to lift up all sectors of Indiana agriculture, while equipping students to tackle the challenges facing our industry. I’m confident that under her leadership, Purdue’s agriculture program—one of the best in the world—will continue to grow and thrive.”
Akridge was officially named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity on Nov. 7, 2017 and served in that position in an interim capacity since July 1, 2017. Plaut has served as interim dean of the College of Agriculture since that time.