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March 19, 2010

New appointments announced in CALS

Dean Johnny Wynne, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, has announced three new appointments in the college.

* Dr. Lisa Guion, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, has been named assistant dean for diversity, outreach and engagement.

* Dr. Tom Melton, N.C. Cooperative Extension assistant director and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management in the College, has been named interim head of the College’s Department of Crop Science.

* Joy Martin has been named the College's interim assistant dean for finance and business.

Guion has served as assistant dean for diversity in an interim capacity since 2008. As assistant dean for diversity, outreach and engagement, she will provide leadership and coordination for all diversity efforts of the College. She will direct a CALS Diversity Initiative that includes the design, implementation and evaluation of programs, projects and activities to enhance the overall organizational climate and increase diversity among students, faculty and staff.

The initiative also includes an outreach component, which involves collaborations designed to achieve strategic goals with external organizations such as K-12 schools, other colleges and universities and community groups.

Guion holds four degrees from North Carolina State University, including a doctorate in adult and community college education, a master’s degree in public administration and two bachelor’s degrees, in business management and speech communication.

A member of the CALS faculty on two occasions, Guion was a North Carolina Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist from 1996 to 2000. She then joined the University of Florida faculty in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences from 2000 to 2006, returning to CALS and the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education in 2006.

Melton joined the N.C. State University faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor of plant pathology and N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist working with tobacco. He came to N.C. State from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an assistant professor and Extension project leader in plant pathology.

He succeeds Dr. David Smith, who was named CALS associate dean for research and director of the College’s North Carolina Agricultural Research Service in January.

Melton holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from N.C. State, the bachelor’s in botany and the master’s in pest management. His doctorate is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in plant pathology.

Melton was named a Philip Morris professor in 1995 and Plant Pathology Department Extension Leader in 1999. He served as department Extension leader until 2004, when he was named Cooperative Extension assistant director and associate state program leader for agriculture and natural resources/community and rural development. He was named director of the Integrated Pest Management Center in July 2008.

Martin joined the CALS Business Office as director in January 2007 after working in the N.C. State University Budget Office and for the N.C. Community College System for 17 years. She holds a master’s of business administration degree from Campbell University, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Mount Olive College and two associate degrees, in business management and accounting, from Wayne Community College.

As interim assistant dean for finance and business, she will be responsible for developing CALS budgets based on University and College guidelines and providing information and analytical support for policy and resource decision making.

The CALS Business Office also provides oversight of the fiscal management and planning systems within the College; prepares financial planning and forecasting documents across all College budgets and functions; and coordinates accounting processes and systems. As interim assistant dean, Martin will also serve as the primary liaison with central University fiscal administration and lead the College Business Office staff.

Posted by Natalie at March 19, 2010 02:00 PM