A plant scientist experienced in teaching, research and extension will begin May 18 as director of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center.
Brian Mealor is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming and extension weed specialist.
“Brian’s professional experiences will serve him well in this position,” said Bret Hess, associate dean of research and director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station. The AES in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources directs four research and extension centers in the state.
“He has proven to be innovative, has strong organizational skills and possesses exceptional communication skills coupled with an ability to work with a broad range of constituencies,” said Hess.
Mealor received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management from the University of Wyoming. He joined the plant sciences department in 2009. Mealor replaces Valtcho Jeliazkov, who has accepted the director position of the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center with Oregon State University.
Hess said Mealor will retain a research appointment and be an active member of the plant sciences department. He will transition from his faculty role to the director position throughout the spring and summer.
“I am very anxious to have Brian join the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station team,” said Hess. “He brings much-needed leadership to the position.”
The Sheridan R&E Center is housed in the Watt Agriculture Center at Sheridan College with trials on the grounds and about 400 acres of the Adams Ranch south of the college. The ranch is owned by Whitney Benefits. The center also maintains 250 acres of dry land crops and irrigated vegetables and fruit trees at its former headquarters near Wyarno.