Interim entomology department head named
Stephen Kells, associate professor in the Department of Entomology, will become interim head of the department, effective December 1. Bill Hutchison, who's been head of the department since 2010, is returning to his research, teaching and outreach work.
Kells is best known for his research and Extension programming on bed bugs, has been a faculty member in the department since 2004. Along with his "Let's Beat the Bug" work, he's also a nationally known expert on stored product pests and integrated pest management in commercial, industrial and residential settings. He's a frequent speaker on bed bug management and prevention, and has published numerous scholarly and consumer-friendly papers and videos on these topics.
In his announcement of Kells' appointment, CFANS Dean Brian Buhr said "I want to thank Bill Hutchison for his service and leadership. During his time as head, the department has added new faculty expertise in integrated pest management and non-native species research, education and outreach, as well as enhancing its national reputation on pollinator health. Even more exciting, funding for a new bee and pollinator research lab was secured, and that building is now under construction here on campus."
A nationwide search has begun, and plans are to have a new department head hired by early 2016. The search committee for that position will be led by Emily Hoover, head of the Department of Horticultural Science, and includes a number of entomology department faculty and staff.