Schutz to head CFANS Department of Animal Science

Michael M. Schutz, Ph.D., has been named the new head of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Department of Animal Science.

Schutz, a professor in the Department of Animal Science at Purdue University, is currently the Assistant Director of Extension at Purdue University and oversees Extension Program Leaders for Agriculture and Natural Resources. His ties with the CFANS are strong—he attended the University of Minnesota Morris for two years prior to recognizing his desire to pursue animal science, whereupon he transferred here to major in animal science, receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was a member of Block and Bridle, a founding member of the Gopher Dairy Club, a member of the 1983 Dairy Judging Team, and the first recipient of the RW Touchberry Award as outstanding junior in Animal Science. He also participated in internships with Kraft Foods and Midwest Breeders. He earned his doctorate in animal breeding and genetics at Iowa State University and did his post-doctoral training in dairy cattle genetics at the U.S.D.A. Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory. Other experience includes posts as the chief geneticist for Canadian Beef Improvement and several roles in dairy extension, agriculture and natural resources administration.

The CFANS Department of Animal Science is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellent research, teaching, and Extension programming in animal agriculture and biology. Schutz will lead the department to enhance the productivity and well-being of animals to support a growing world population through education, science, and innovative technology. The department provides lifelong opportunities for people to learn about animal biology, management systems for domestic animals, and the role of animals in a changing society and seeks new knowledge about biology, production and care of domestic animals. The extension and outreach mission of the Department is to interpret research and provide education for producers and consumers of animal products to improve their economic well-being and quality of life.

Schutz will begin serving in his role on June 11, 2018.