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Interim Dean Recommended for MSU College of Ag
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Douglas Buhler, associate dean of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is being recommended to serve as interim dean of the college. The appointment of Buhler, a professor of crop and soil sciences who also is associate director of MSU AgBioResearch, formerly the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, is pending approval by the MSU Board of Trustees.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Ruth Borger Agriculture and Natural Resources 517-432-1555, Ext. 143, or Tom Oswald University Relations 517-432-0920, cell 517-281-7129 (cell)

Interim Dean Recommended for College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Douglas Buhler, associate dean of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is being recommended to serve as interim dean of the college.

The appointment of Buhler, a professor of crop and soil sciences who also is associate director of MSU AgBioResearch, formerly the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, is pending approval by the MSU Board of Trustees.

Buhler will succeed Jeffrey Armstrong, who was recently named president of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

"Professor Buhler combines a strong academic record with a deep understanding of the college, its traditions and its aspirations," said MSU Provost Kim Wilcox. "I look forward to working with him in the coming months as the college continues to move forward and thank Dean Armstrong for his

Buhler came to MSU in 2000, when he was appointed professor and chairperson of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, a position he held until 2005. He has served as CANR associate dean for research, as well as associate director of MSU AgBioResearch, since 2005.

He also has served as director of Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs), a cooperative effort with MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to advance Michigan’s economy through its plant-based agriculture.

Before coming to MSU, Buhler conducted research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin.

Buhler's research and outreach activities focus on the ecology of weedy plant species in agricultural systems. His research results are being used to develop and implement improved weed management systems and have resulted in more than 330 publications.

Buhler received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska.

He is scheduled to assume the interim dean post Feb. 1 and will continue in that position until a permanent dean is identified through a national search.

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