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Leading by example. Leveraging experience.

The leadership of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are also recognized leaders in their own fields, bringing invaluable insight and experience in fostering the continued success of CALS.

Kathryn J. Boor, The Ronald P. Lynch Dean

As Cornell CALS’ chief academic and administrative officer, Kathryn J. Boor is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the college. Since her appointment in 2010, Cornell CALS has ranked consistently among the top global universities in both agricultural sciences and plant and animal sciences. Under her leadership, the college has experienced record growth in prospective undergraduate applications and increasing diversity among faculty and students. She is responsible for hiring more than 130 new faculty in strategic areas and drove the creation of the CALS School of Integrative Plant Science.

Dean Boor's research focuses on identifying biological factors that affect transmission of bacteria in food systems, from farm to table. A leading expert on Listeria monocytogenes, she established the Food Safety Laboratory at Cornell University. Her group has worked closely with the dairy, smoked seafood and artisan food processing industries in New York and around the world to identify and apply solutions to improve food quality and safety. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, NYS SeaGrant and the New York State Milk Promotion Advisory Board, among other agencies.

Dean Boor also shares responsibility for leading Cornell Cooperative Extension throughout New York with the dean of Cornell's College of Human Ecology.

Max J. Pfeffer, Executive Dean

Max J. Pfeffer, international professor of development sociology, focuses on special initiatives for the college, building on recommendations in the CALS Strategic Plan and the CALS Structure Task Force (link to come). He also leads the exploration of new joint programming with international partners.

Beth A. Ahner, Senior Associate Dean

A professor of biological and environmental engineering, Beth Ahner's responsibilities include faculty affairs, department and program reviews, sponsored research oversight, management of core research funds, and academic aspects of facilities and human resources.

Amy McCune, Senior Associate Dean

A professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Amy McCune's responsibilities include faculty affairs, department and program reviews, sponsored research oversight, management of core research funds, and the academic aspects of facilities and human resources.

Assistant and Associate Deans

Tony Caudill, Assistant Dean
Sharon Detzer, Associate Dean
Jan Nyrop, Associate Dean
Peter Paradise, Associate Dean
Samara Sit, Associate Dean
Chelsea Specht, Associate Dean
Julie Suarez, Associate Dean
Don Viands, Associate Dean
Chris Watkins, Associate Dean