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Four finalists vie for NCTA dean position

Monday, January 21, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Four candidates for dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis will be interviewed later this month and in February.

The interviews will include sessions on NCTA's campus and in North Platte.

Candidates for the position are: Peter Camfield, dean of the School of Agriculture at Oklahoma Panhandle State University; Dann Husmann, associate dean of student affairs for UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication; Ron Rosati, provost of Southeast Missouri State University; and Jack Whittier, professor and extension beef specialist at Colorado State University.

The candidates are vying to replace Weldon Sleight, who retired last December.


Camfield also serves as director of Oklahoma Panhandle State University's school farm and formerly worked at Monsanto Choice-Genetics, conducting swine feeding trials and serving as director of the meat quality research program. Camfield received his doctorate in animal breeding and genetics and meat science from the University of Arkansas; his master's in meat science from West Texas State University; and his bachelor's in animal science from Sul Ross State University.


In addition to his associate dean role, Husmann teaches undergraduate courses in teacher preparation with emphasis in mechanized systems/management and appropriate graduate courses. Husmann formerly taught career and technical education at South Dakota State University. Husmann received his doctorate in community and human resources from UNL; his master's in agricultural education from Kansas State; and his bachelor's in agricultural education from UNL.


Before becoming provost at Southeast Missouri State, Rosati served as provost of Alfred State College, State University of New York; dean of the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences at Texas A&M in Kingsville; and numerous other positions at A&M. He received his doctorate in agricultural education from Iowa State University and his master's and bachelor's in agricultural education from Cornell University.


Whittier's teaching, research and extension work is in bovine reproductive management and nutrition. Before working at Colorado State, he was at the University of Missouri, UNL and Utah State University. He received his doctorate in ruminant nutrition from UNL and his master's and bachelor's in animal science from Utah State.

Camfield's interview will take place Feb. 7-8. He will present a seminar at NCTA at 10 a.m. Feb. 7.

Husmann's interview will be Jan. 28-29. He will present a seminar at NCTA at 10 a.m. Jan. 28.

Rosati's interview will be Jan. 31-Feb. 1. He will present a seminar at NCTA at 10 a.m. Jan. 31.

Whittier's interview will be Feb. 11-12. He will present a seminar at NCTA at 10 a.m. Feb. 11.

The seminars will be live-streamed. More details will be available at ncta.unl.edu

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