Wisconsin ag dean to step down

Kate VandenBosch UW CALS photo by Michael P. King

The Dean of the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will step down from the role next spring.  Kate VandenBosch made the announcement to Madison faculty and staff, saying serving has been a privilege and a joy. 

Chancellor Rebecca Blank says VandenBosch helped keep Wisconsin on the cutting edge of research and teaching. 

VandenBosch oversaw the launch of the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center to use the latest plant biotechnology approaches to improve crop species.  She also led the college’s implementation of $7.8 million dollars in annual state investment in the Dairy Innovation Hub and its research efforts on the Madison, Platteville, and River Falls campuses. VandenBosch also led the creation of the new Global Health undergraduate program last year.

A statement from the University of Wisconsin says VandenBosch will serve in her current role until the end of the current academic year. VandenBosch says she will either retire or return to teaching at that time.

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