The University of Idaho has named John Foltz as interim director of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
He replaces John Hammel, who returned to the faculty after leading the college as dean for more than nine years.
"John has a broad understanding of the college, its people and its mission, which will be vital in making the transition to a new dean," says M. Duane Nellis, University of Idaho president.
UI is conducting a national search to identify candidates for considerations as the university's next permanent dean of the college.
Foltz served since 2004 as an associate dean and director of academic programs for the college and its 1,200 students. He has played an active role on the dean's management team in the land-grant college with more than 360 employees statewide. Ten research and extension centers, and faculty based in 42 of Idaho's 44 counties comprise the makeup of Foltz' responsibilities.
"John has been a dedicated and effective faculty member and administrative team member for the college," says Doug Baker, provost and executive vice president at the UI.
"His eight years of experience as associate dean prepare him well for this interim role."
Foltz arrived at UI as an assistant professor in the department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology n 1991. He earned his doctorate in ag economics from Purdue University and both earlier degrees from Ohio State University.
In addition to his university responsibilities, he has held a number of positions for national land-grant leadership associations. He now serves on the National Advisory Committee of the National Agricultural Statistics Service for USDA.
He was chair of the Board on Agricultural Assembly, Academic Programs Section, for the Association of Public Land-grant Universities in 2009-10, and in executive roles for the APLU's Western Academic Program Directors' Association.