We are pleased to share with you that Terry Niblack, chair, Department of Plant Pathology, has accepted our offer to serve as the acting senior associate dean for the college, pending approval of the Board of Trustees. Terry began this role effective Dec. 2, and Plant Pathology will be led by Larry Madden, acting chair, and Guo-Liang Wang, acting associate chair.
Terry has a distinguished teaching, research and outreach career that has prepared her for this role. In 2011, she joined Ohio State as professor and chairperson of the department and has maintained an active teaching, research and outreach program.
As chair, her highest priorities have been to support and encourage faculty governance and enable faculty, staff and students in every possible way.
While serving as chair, Terry has maintained an active laboratory and has continued research and extension efforts with colleagues in Ohio and throughout the Midwest on the biology and distribution of the soybean cyst nematode.
Terry has been published extensively throughout her career and recognized for her outstanding professional contributions. She has served as editor or associate editor of multiple professional journals, received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the United Soybean Board in 2004, and was elected Fellow of the Society of Nematologists in 2012.
Please join us in congratulating Terry and thanking her, Larry and Guo-Liang for accepting these additional leadership responsibilities for the coming months.—Bruce McPheron and Ron Hendrick