GREGORY J. WEIDEMANN has been named dean of the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and associate vice president for agriculture-research. University of Arkansas Chancellor John White and UA System Vice President for Agriculture Milo Shult announced the appointment.

Weidemann is associate director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and has been interim dean of Bumpers College since January 2001. His appointment as chief operations officer for both Bumpers College and the Experiment Station was effective Jan. 1.

Weidemann joined the UA department of plant pathology in 1983 and was named Experiment Station associate director and Bumpers College associate dean in 1995. As a faculty member, he was internationally recognized for research on plant-pathogenic fungi and received several teaching awards, including the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture 1990 award of merit.

As an administrator, Weidemann provided leadership for the faculty to plan and implement initiatives to restructure curricula and programs and improve classrooms and research facilities statewide.

He has a bachelor's degree in zoology and a doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin.

“We are very pleased Dr. Weidemann has agreed to serve as dean of Bumpers College and associate vice president for agriculture-research,” White said. “His experience in Bumpers College as a faculty member and administrator, and his tenure as interim dean since January, have equipped him for this important position.”

As the UA system's vice president for agriculture, Shult is responsible for the statewide Division of Agriculture, which includes the Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service.

“I am excited that Dr. Weidemann has accepted the challenge of leading the academic and research programs of the Experiment Station and Bumpers College,” Shult said. “He has demonstrated his ability to lead our faculty in this powerful partnership, which embodies the land-grant university mission.”

The Experiment Station has a faculty of 172 research scientists, with headquarters on the Fayetteville campus and programs based on four other campuses, at five regional centers and seven branch stations. They work with Cooperative Extension Service specialists based in Little Rock and agents in every Arkansas county.