New York City – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today approved the appointment of Dr. Kathryn
J. Boor, professor and current chair of the Department of Food Science at
Cornell, as the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The
Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at Cornell previously approved on this
appointment May 20.
“I am delighted to support
Kathryn Boor’s appointment at CALS,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The
college community will benefit greatly from her strong leadership and
knowledgeable strategic vision. I commend President Skorton and Provost Fuchs
on this appointment and thank the Board for its support.”
Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden
said, “Kathryn Boor is an excellent choice to lead the New York State College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. As a Cornell alumna,
member of the faculty and chair of the department, administrator and
researcher, she possesses the talent and experience necessary to lead the
second largest undergraduate college at Cornell. Kathryn’s fine personal
qualities and her passion for higher education will lead to her success as dean
of one of the largest and most important colleges of its type in the nation.”
"I am deeply honored to
have been selected as dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at
this challenging and exciting time in the history of our university," said
Boor. "I look forward to working closely with Chancellor Zimpher and the
Board as well as President Skorton, Provost Fuchs, the deans and CALS faculty
to promote excellence in teaching, research and outreach at Cornell through
2015 and beyond."
"Kathryn Boor's history
of scholarship and leadership in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and
her strong affinity for the broad range of educational, research and outreach
activities within her college make her an excellent choice for dean," said
Cornell President David Skorton.
"Kathryn is a leader who
can bridge the diverse intellectual streams within CALS, as well as relate to
all the constituents of the college," said Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs.
"She is genuinely focused on the role of the academy in serving the public
Dr. Boor will replace Susan
Henry, who will step down June 30, 2010, after a decade of strong leadership in
this position. Dr. Boor will receive an annual State salary of $200,000. She will
begin her five-year term as dean July 1.
As the chief academic and
administrative officer for CALS, Dr. Boor will have the primary responsibility
for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the college, which
has about 370 faculty, 500 non-professorial academics, 140 postdoctoral
associates, 1,300 staff and more than 3,300 undergraduate and 900 graduate
students. In addition, she will share responsibility for leadership and
advancement of Cornell Cooperative Extension throughout New York State with the dean of Cornell's College of Human Ecology. As dean, she will report to the
provost and be a member Cornell's senior administration team, working closely
with other deans and executive officers on behalf of the university.
About Kathryn J. Boor
Kathryn J. Boor has been
serving as professor, since 2006, and chair, since 2007, of the Department of
Food Science at Cornell University.
Dr. Boor joined Cornell in
1994 and promptly established the Food Safety Laboratory. She is the director
of Cornell’s Milk Quality Improvement Program and serves as the secretary and
scientific adviser of the New York State Cheese Manufacturer’s Association.
She also is a past president of the New York State Association for Food
Protection and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Food
Protection and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Her research focuses on
identifying and characterizing mechanisms that allow pathogenic and spoilage
organisms to persist in foods and cause disease in humans.
Dr. Boor received her B.S. in
food science from Cornell (1980), her M.S. in food science from the University of Wisconsin (1983) and her Ph.D. in microbiology (1994) from the University of California-Davis.
About the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The College of Agriculture and life Sciences is known globally for its educational, research and extension
programs and for developing the knowledge, technology and human capacity to
address some of the most challenging issues facing society in the areas of the
environment, food and energy systems, and community and economic development.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is one of five statutory
colleges of the State University of New York. The appointment of the Dean
of the College is subject to the approval of the SUNY Chancellor and Board
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