Greg Cuomo has been named associate dean for research and graduate programs in CFANS, effective Dec. 15, 2014. He'll oversee the college's research portfolio and will be deputy director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. He'll also be responsible for planning and policies; facilitating collaboration within the University of Minnesota; coordination of activities with research institutions; capacity building for faculty, graduate students and research staff; identification of funding opportunities; grants administration; and facilitating funding mechanisms.
He'll retain his role as division head of the Research and Outreach Center (ROC) system and will continue to provide oversight for facilities and safety in the near-term. He will also provide oversight to graduate programs, working closely with Mike White, associate dean for academic programs and faculty affairs, on accreditation and other academic related programs and initiatives.
CFANS Dean Brian Buhr noted in his announcement of Cuomo's appointment that "his extensive experience with the ROC system and operations includes his current position as division head of the ROCs and the Rosemount director of operations. He worked with ROC heads to develop a cohesive network of Centers with "shared ownership" by implementing a unified budgeting system, establishing new research collaborations, and increasing the overall visibility of ROCs both externally and internally. Greg has also served as the collegiate facilities and safety director during an unprecedented time for CFANS capital planning initiatives. As associate director of the MAES, he maintained oversight of St. Paul campus land including the plant growth and biosafety laboratories. Previously he held the position of director of operations for UMore Park, head of the West Central ROC and administrator for the Sand Plain Research Farm. He also served in the role of associate dean for Extension-CFANS."
Cuomo began his faculty career at Louisiana State University in 1992 and in 1996 joined the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. He was promoted to full professor in 2005. He holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska with a Master's and Bachelor's in Range Science from Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University respectively.
"His research and outreach work in forages and grazing systems earned him leadership and service awards from Louisiana and Minnesota Grassland Councils," Buhr said. "Greg's achievements in resource planning, funding and research infrastructure combined with his proven ability to creatively engage people position him well for his new collegiate leadership role."