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Dr. John Stier Joins CASNR as Assistant Dean

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - When the search for a new Assistant Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) was launched, little did we know how fortunate we would be to have such an excellent pool of well qualified candidates. Each of the finalists interviewed brought skills and talents that would be an asset to the position and that made the decision a very difficult one. 

After much consideration, study of the data, and input from faculty and staff, Dr. John Stier was chosen to join the UTIA/CASNR team. Dr. Stier received his Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University and his M.S. degree in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University. John Stier is currently the Chair of the Horticulture Department and also chairs the Curriculum Study Committee for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. He brings with him a delightful sense of humor, a passion for students, and a strong work ethic. He will be able to share new perspectives on the teaching mission and best practices gained from having experienced the academic side of three different universities, the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, and The Ohio State University.
Dr. Stier shared this about his new opportunity to join the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, “I’m tremendously excited to be joining the dynamic team of faculty, staff, and students of CASNR. There are a lot of great activities going on, more in the works, and a wonderful sense of enthusiasm and opportunity. My family and I are eager to be among the newest volunteers.”  John’s wife Val and son Tom are just as enthusiastic about the move to Knoxville and supportive of the decision to become part of the college. John anticipates a starting date of August… just in time to be ready for students returning for fall semester.
Dr. Caula Beyl, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is looking forward to the opportunity of working with Stier. “CASNR is fortunate to have John Stier join us and we look forward to having him lend his expertise in so many areas,” she says.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
Contacts: Dr. Caula Beyl, Dean, UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. (865) 974-7303
Doug Edlund, UTIA Marketing & Communications, (865) 974-7141,