Bruce McPheron, dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, his undergraduate alma mater.
He will replace Dr. Bobby Moser and report directly to Joseph A. Alutto, executive vice president and provost. McPheron’s appointment is effective Nov. 1, pending approval by the board of trustees of Ohio State.
“Bruce brings a unique set of qualifications to his new position”, said Jack Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and vice chairman of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees. “His Ohio roots are deep; he was raised here, graduated from Ohio State and served as an Ohio county Extension agent. His experience in higher education engaged him in research, teaching, Extension and the highest levels of administration. He has proven abilities in connecting with students, faculty and staff as well as colleagues across campus and throughout the nation. He has built relationships with college stakeholders including farmers, consumers, the business community and public officials at the local, state and national level. The college, university and other citizens of Ohio will be well served by Dr. McPheron.”
Fisher also served on the search committee charged with identifying a new leader for the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.