William Dayton named animal science department head
William Dayton has been appointed as animal science department head in CFANS, effective Monday, November 17, 2014.
Dayton earned both a B.S. in animal science and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State University. He accepted an assistant professor position in the department of animal science at the University of Minnesota in 1975 moving through the tenure and promotion process to full professor in 1985. His research emphasis in animal growth biology utilizes molecular biology and muscle cell culture methodologies to study the regulation of muscle growth during embryonic and postnatal growth of economically-important animals. He has secured several million dollars in grants for his highly successful research program.
During his entire tenure Dayton has taught the undergraduate Animal Growth and Development course; additionally, he organized a cooperatively-taught, on-line, graduate-level Animal Growth and Development course involving professors from four different universities. Students from 10 universities have participated in this course. He currently advises more than 40 undergraduate students.
His extensive and varied leadership responsibilities include director of graduate studies in animal sciences since 2008, serving on the college Graduate and Research Policy and Review Committee and Directors of Graduate Studies Committee. He designed and leads the department's mentoring program for new faculty. He chairs the department's seminar committee and recently served as chair of the department's Faculty Consultative Committee.
One of his top priorities will be to lead strategic planning for the department. He succeeds Mike White, who recently became associate dean for academic programs and faculty affairs in CFANS.