Presentation: The Agriculture Talent Pipeline...a panel discussion from our University College of Agriculture Deans (click on photos and logos for more information)
Marc Linit Kim Kidwell Chris McGowan Mickey Latour
University of Missouri University of Illinois Southeast Missouri State Southern Illinois University
Marc Linit serves as the interim vice chancellor and dean at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). He also serves as the senior associate dean for research and extension. As such, Linit administers the research and extension programs of CAFNR and oversees the operation of the College's Farms and Centers located throughout the state. Linit has served the College in a variety of roles since joining the faculty in 1980. Most recently, he led the Division of Plant Sciences as division director where he had academic responsibilities for the under-graduate degree program, four graduate departments and the Plant Sciences Extension program, as well managed the Division's $5.5 million budget. Prior to his move into administration, Linit was an active researcher in the area of forest insect ecology and taught courses in Forest Entomology and Insect Ecology.
Kim Kidwell is the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Services(ACES) at the University of Illinois. Dean Kidwell's leadership style is defined by improving student learning; driving sound, innovative research; and cultivating industry partnerships. In her previous role as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, Dean Kidwell spearheaded the development of the new Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, a student, faculty, alumni, and industry partner collaboration providing beyond-the-classroom experiences for students and leadership development for graduate students, faculty, staff, and professionals. She grew up in Danville, Illinois, and is a proud alumna of ACES where she earned bachelor's degrees in both genetics and development and agriculture science. She received her master's and Ph.D. degrees in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chris McGowan is the dean of Southeast's College of Science, Technology and Agriculture and a professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. McGowan earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in 1973. He received a master's of science degree in 1976 and a doctorate in 1979, both in analytical chemistry, from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Prior to his career at Southeast, Dr. McGowan was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Tennessee Technological University from 1978-1997. He also served as chairman of the department from 1992-1997. Dr. McGowan began his tenure as Dean at Southeast in 1997.
Mickey Latour serves as dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University (SIU) since July 1, 2012. He is the chief administrative officer and oversees many areas including academic, research, finance, outreach, development, and alumni relations. Mickey is best known for his i2i program (ideas to investigation). I2i is a private partner relationship with industry to tackle problems through intense hands-on undergraduate research with a faculty member. Previously, Mickey was a Professor and Associate Dean at Purdue University. Mickey has been recognized for his work in lipid manipulation in final food(pork) products, and led a large distance learning effort on the Purdue campus. Mickey earned his BS degree at Southeastern Louisiana University and MS/PhD at Mississippi State University. Following his PhD, he was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship to study Kindred's known to be Hypobetalipoproteinemia at Washington University School of Medicine.