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July 13, 2007

Leath joins UNC System leadership

Interim appointments announced

Dr. Steven Leath, associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, has accepted the position of vice president for research for the University of North Carolina System effective July 16.

Leath spent 15 years as a USDA scientist before joining college administration in 2001. He has served as associate dean and director since 2005. During the last year he has led NC State’s Kannapolis Project. He also provided leadership for the Plant Breeding Center, the establishment of the NC Research Foundation, the establishment of a relationship with Northern Ireland and has overseen the college's federal and corporate relations.

Effective July 16, Dr. Steve Lommel will become the interim associate dean for research for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He will also continue as assistant vice chancellor for research, reporting jointly to Dr. John Gilligan, vice dhancellor for research, and Dean Johnny Wynne, with responsibility for being the NC State/CALS representative to the North Carolina Research Campus.

Lommel will also provide leadership for grants and contracts and the life science departments in the college. And he will continue his federally funded research program as a faculty member of the Department of Plant Pathology.

Lommel, a plant pathologist, has served as a faculty member at NC State since 1988. From 1992 to 2001 he served as an assistant director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service. He has served as assistant vice chancellor for research and graduate programs since 2001.

Also, effective on July 16, Dr. Sylvia Blankenship will become interim director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She will include provide leadership and oversight for agricultural research programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with specific responsibilities for leadership of the agricultural departments of the college, working with commodity groups, field days, federal reporting and commodity funding.

Blankenship joined the NC State faculty in September 1983 in horticultural science. She is a post-harvest physiologist with an emphasis in ethylene biology in fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Dr. Blankenship served as assistant department head in horticultural science from 1999 to May 2003 and as interim department head in horticultural science from May 2003 to October 2003. She also served as interim associate dean for administration for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, beginning November 2003. She was promoted to associate dean in February 2005.

Posted by Natalie at July 13, 2007 11:48 AM