Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., (7/10/2013) – Brian Buhr, head of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics for the past five years, has been named interim dean of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and interim director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
He will become interim dean and director at the end of August. Allen Levine, dean of the college since its inception in 2006, is returning to research and working with the Provost on special initiatives.
Buhr, 50, is an Iowa native who’s been part of the applied economics faculty since 1992 and head of applied economics and agricultural education in the college since 2008. He’s well-known for his expertise in risk management and commodity markets. He’s been recognized for his excellent work in research and teaching through numerous national, university and college awards.
University of Minnesota Provost Karen Hanson cited broad support from across the college and university for Buhr as interim dean. “Professor Buhr has an impressive record of research, teaching, and service, and he has a range of experiences, accomplishments, and collaborations that are important for successful leadership of CFANS. His colleagues in the college and the university are uniform in their praise of his ability, energy, tact, and expertise. We are grateful for his willingness to step into the interim deanship.”
“I am honored to receive that support and confidence in my ability to carry forward this important service commitment,” Buhr said. “My goal is to help the college continue to thrive and to prepare for this next phase in its development as we complete the search for the permanent dean.”