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Gillaspy Chosen as New Dean for UW-Madison College of Ag
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/20/2022

A professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech will become the new dean for the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Glenda Gillaspy was chosen by a 16-member search committee after former dean Kate VandenBosch announced she was stepping down at the end of the academic year.

"We are thrilled to welcome Glenda to this important role," said UW-Madison Provost John Karl Scholz. "Her leadership, scholarship and dedication to students will ensure that the college continues to excel."

Gillaspy served as a professor at Virginia Tech since 1998, as was promoted as head of the department in 2015. After graduating from Auburn University, she earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and then joined the University of California, Berkeley as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow. Her research program focuses on a signaling pathway in plants critical for their response to nutrients.

"I am excited to join the vibrant community of students, staff and faculty within the college and the University of Wisconsin-Madison," Gillaspy said. "The unique composition of departments and programs in the college, along with a history and reputation of excellence, make CALS unique. These qualities position the college to take a preeminent role in solving complex problems facing our society with respect to food, health and sustainability, and to provide critical educational programs and experiential learning for our students."

The CALS dean oversees the school's academic departments, which span environmental, social, and basic life sciences and production agriculture, as well as numerous research centers and a range of outreach and university extension activities.

Gillaspy will assume her new role on August 4.

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