Following a national search, Wendy Powers has been named UC ANR's new associate vice president. Dr. Powers, who has been a Michigan State University professor in the departments of Animal Science and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering since 2006, will assume her position with UC ANR in Oakland on Monday, June 20.
Dr. Powers brings excellent executive skills from a different land grant college so she will be a great addition to ANR's leadership team. She knows Cooperative Extension and has experience in helping programs grow, which will be very valuable as we expand the CE footprint in California. An accomplished researcher and administrator, Dr. Powers has the leadership qualities to help us take UC ANR to new heights.
From 2010 to 2014, she directed statewide agriculture extension programs in Michigan. As MSU's first director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture, Dr. Powers represents MSU on a number of state technical committees and has done an impressive job of leading efforts to minimize the environmental impact of animal agriculture. Her extension efforts focus on policy and implementation of management practices to reduce environmental impact. In addition to her research and extension program, she oversaw construction of the Animal Air Quality Research Facility and currently manages the facility and coordinates its activities. Prior to joining Michigan State University, Dr. Powers was an assistant and associate professor with an extension appointment at Iowa State University for 10 years.
“There is no better place to be involved in extension and agriculture than California, and no place better positioned to impactfully address the challenges of tomorrow than University of California Ag and Natural Resources,” Dr. Powers said.
She has a Ph.D. in animal science and M.S. in dairy science from the University of Florida and a B.S. in animal science from Cornell University.
Dr. Powers was chosen to succeed Bill Frost, who is retiring at the end this month.
I hope you will join me in congratulating Wendy on her new position and welcoming her to UC ANR.