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New dean of agriculture joins UConn from Arkansas

by Michael Kirk - April 21, 2008

Gregory Weidemann of the University of Arkansas has been named the new dean of UConn’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He will begin in July.

Weidemann is currently dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences in Arkansas, where he also serves as associate vice president for academic programs.

“I am so pleased to be joining the leadership team at UConn and serving the needs of the faculty, staff, and students at this great university,” Weidemann says.

“I was very much attracted to the ambitious vision that has been set for the University and the important role the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will play in achieving that vision. The college is central to the history of UConn and will be an integral part of its future success.”

At Arkansas, Weidemann served as dean and associate vice president for research and as the director of the University of Arkansas’s Agricultural Experiment Station.

He joined Arkansas’s Department of Plant Pathology in 1983. As a faculty member, his research focused on the taxonomy and biology of plant-pathogenic fungi and biological control.

He has received several awards, including the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Award of Merit in 1990, the John W. White Teaching Award, and the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award of Merit.

In 1993, he was elected to the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy.

Gregory Weidmann
Gregory Weidmann
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Weidemann has served in a number of leadership roles within the land grant university system, including chair of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.

A native of Wisconsin, he holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin.

“It is a thrill to welcome Greg to the university,” said Peter J. Nicholls, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at UConn.

“The positions he has held in Arkansas have given him a wealth of experience in areas such as personnel management, stakeholder and alumni relations, budget and policy development, fund raising, and strategic planning.

"In addition to the normal agricultural disciplines, Greg’s administrative responsibilities have included programs such as human nutrition, hospitality, family studies, forestry, and natural resources. He will clearly be a great asset to UConn.”

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the original component of the University of Connecticut, which was founded in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School.

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