TOP STORY, June 2, 2015
Beyrouty named new AGNR dean at UMD
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland last week announced the appointment of Dr. Craig Beyrouty as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Beyrouty has been involved in teaching, research and Extension for more than 35 years.
He will officially join the university on Nov. 1, the university said in a news release.
Dr. Beyrouty joins the University of Maryland from Colorado State University, where he most recently served as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
He was the chief administrative and academic officer for the college, leading and overseeing its programs, budgets and related activities, including resident instruction, research, outreach and international activities.
Dr. Beyrouty concurrently served as director of the Agricultural Experiment Station for Colorado State University, which operates research centers in eight locations throughout Colorado and provides broad-based funding for agricultural-related research.
“I am honored to join the prestigious faculty and staff in the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” Dr. Beyrouty said. “I look forward to helping shape a college that will meet the developing public needs and opportunities of the future in agriculture, families, natural resources and the environment.”
Previously he had held positions as professor and head of Purdue University’s Agronomy Department and professor at the University of Arkansas.
He has led and participated in international research, teaching and administrative activities all across the world, in places such as Rwanda, Tokyo, Madrid and Moscow.
Dr. Beyrouty is a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.
He has served as vice chairman of the International Rice Root Working Group and president of the Plant Root Environment Working Group. In 1983, he received the George Scarseth Research Award.
Dr. Beyrouty earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in soil chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. in soil science from Cal Poly State University.
Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he mapped soils for the Soil Conservation Service and was a research scientist for Castle and Cooke Foods in Illinois.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Beyrouty’s three decades of experience teaching and leading in the field of agriculture,” said Mary Ann Rankin, University of Maryland’s senior vice president and provost. “His extensive leadership experience and expertise in the field will be a valuable asset to the university and will take our College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to new levels of success.”