March 09, 2010

Winters named interim dean of agriculture college

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Todd A. Winters, associate dean of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim dean, filling a vacancy created by the Dec. 31 retirement of Gary L. Minish. Winters’ appointment, subject to ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees, was effective Feb. 17.

A national search for a permanent dean will begin as the fall semester gets under way, SIUC Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Don S. Rice said. Winters could become a candidate for that job should he choose to do so.

Winters, a reproductive physiologist, became the college’s associate dean in 2008, a post he’d held for the previous year on an interim basis. In that capacity, he oversaw external and internal research programs and budgets, the operation of the University farms and personnel contracts. He also served as college liaison for commodity and agribusiness groups and for government agencies. Before that, he headed the University’s Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition for several years as both interim and permanent chair.

Winters came to SIUC in 1994, received promotion to associate professor in 2000 and became a full professor in 2007. His professional memberships include the American Society of Animal Science and the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

A Washington state native, Winters earned his bachelor’s degree in 1983 from Washington State University. He received his master’s degree in 1986 from Purdue University and his doctorate in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the university of Virginia Health Sciences Center before coming to SIUC.

Winters, his wife, Susan, who was recently appointed director of the SIU Edwardsville Regional Nursing Program at SIUC, and their children, Sloan and Luke, live in rural Carbondale.