A plant scientist with years of experience teaching students and conducting studies at research and extension centers is the new head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming.
Jim Heitholt will leave his crop physiology position with Texas A&M University – Commerce and join the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Aug. 18. He is scheduled to attend the Powell Research and Extension Center field day Thursday, July 17, near Powell.
“The appointment is a very exciting time for me personally,” said Heitholt, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences with Texas A&M University – Commerce, who also has a joint appointment in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at College Station.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and intend to serve the students, faculty, staff, and college leadership and stakeholders as wisely and enthusiastically as I possibly can,” he said.
Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the college, served as one of two interim department heads during the search to fill theposition.