- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
I am pleased to announce that Mark Lagrimini, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has accepted UC ANR's position of Vice Provost of Research and Extension. As Vice Provost of Research and Extension, he will provide leadership and vision to county-based Cooperative Extension personnel and those at the nine Research and Extension Centers.
Mark has exceptional accomplishments in the private sector, academia and administration that demonstrate his ability to partner and collaborate in order to achieve what, at first, might seem impossible. I'm excited about the expertise, experience, insight and perspective he will bring to UC ANR as we drive towards our 2025 Strategic Vision and having a positive impact for every Californian.
Mark is currently a professor in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studies the regulation of carbohydrate partitioning in maize and its impact on drought tolerance. From 2005 to 2011, Mark served as head of the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, leading the University's largest department with more than 80 faculty members. From 1999 to 2005, Mark was a project leader for Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. located in Research Triangle Park, NC, where he led an ambitious agronomic improvement project using structural and functional genomics, coordinated ectopic gene expression, metabolic pathway engineering, elite maize transformation, and physiological assessment of plant performance with proof‐of‐concept achieved. While at Syngenta, Mark received four U.S. patents. Mark began his academic career as an assistant/associate professor in the Department of Horticulture & Crop Science at The Ohio State University, where he worked from 1987 to 1999.
He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.
As Vice Provost of Research and Extension, Mark will report directly to the Associate Vice President and collaborate closely with the Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs and Vice Provost of Academic Personnel and Development. Mark will lead the County Director/REC Director Council, oversee all UCCE county directors, REC directors and both assistant vice provost positions and serve on Program Council.
Mark Lagrimini will join ANR on June 1, 2018, and be based at the Second Street building in Davis. I look forward to having Mark on our team and hope you will join me in welcoming him to California.
Associate Vice President
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