Wendy Powers is the first Cashup Davis Family Endowed Dean after joining Washington State University’s College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences on August 15, 2022.
Powers is a seasoned leader who previously guided statewide agricultural research and extension at the University of California for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“Dr. Powers draws from a deep well of experience leading a land-grant mission,” said Elizabeth Chilton, WSU provost and executive vice president, who announced Powers’ selection earlier this year after a national search She embodies that mission through her collaborative work with agricultural producers and research partners across the country. His success in fostering academic excellence, flexible partnerships and community engagement across multiple states has made him ideally suited to lead this college in the future. ,
Powers said she was honored to be part of the CAHNRS story.
“Discovery at this college touches all corners of Washington, and I am excited by the opportunity to harness that potential,” she said. “What’s really appealing to me is the chance to make a difference for all Washingtonians by sharing new ideas and supporting advances in agriculture, natural resources and anthropology.”
Statewide Partnership Maker
As associate vice president of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Powers led academic, research and outreach programs for the University of California in 2016. She partnered with and outside the university, and oversaw county-based cooperative extension outreach, 12 statewide programs and institutions throughout California, and nine research and extension centers.
Powers began his career as an assistant professor and extension specialist in animal science at Iowa State University, then moved to Michigan State University, where he became a full professor in the departments of Animal Science and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, extension specialist and director acted as. of Environmental Management for Animal Farming in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She was also the first director of the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute for Michigan State University Extension.
As a scientist, Powers combined research discovery with access to the livestock industry, providing the knowledge and tools to help producers remain competitive and reduce their environmental impacts to meet growing consumer demand. . He holds a doctorate in animal science and a master’s degree in dairy science from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University.
Powers replaces former dean Andre-Denis Wright, who led the college from 2018 to 2021. Interim Dean Richard T. Koenig oversaw CAHNRS from mid-2021 to August 2022.
The Cashup Davis Family Endowed Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences is named after 19th-century Palouse pioneer James S. “Cashup” is named after Davis. Created by Cashup’s great-grandson and WSU alumnus Gordon W. Davis, the $5 million endowment bolsters academic and research efforts at CAHNRS that reflect the Davis family’s innovative, entrepreneurial spirit. The fund also creates a culture of philanthropy among CAHNRS students, alumni and friends.
CAHNRS shares WSU research and discovery through an expanded state presence with Washington, all 39 counties with 12 schools and departments, three extension program units, four research and extension centers, and extension offices as well as the Colville Reservation. Serves the federal tribes of.
Innovation at CAHNRS creates healthy communities, families and children, sustains the economy and environment, and continually advances the science and practice of agriculture, helping to feed the world’s growing population. In fiscal year 2021, CAHNRS received more than $83 million in research funding, accounting for more than 23% of WSU’s total external research funding.