New OSU leaders appointed at eastern Oregon’s ag research stations

July 1, 2016
David Bohnert becomes interim director of EOARC's Burns and Union units.
David Bohnert becomes interim director of EOARC's Burns and Union units.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New leaders will come on board this month at two Oregon agricultural research facilities: the Burns and Union units of the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, or EOARC.

David Bohnert, Oregon State University animal scientist and director of EOARC’s Burns unit, will become interim director of both facilities. Bohnert, an expert in livestock nutrition, succeeds Tim DelCurto, who will leave in September to take an endowed professorship at Montana State University. 

Patricia Kennedy, OSU wildlife ecologist and currently professor at the Union unit, will become interim director  of the agricultural-sciences degree programs at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, which are administered by OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

“I want to thank Dave and Pat for their willingness to assume these new responsibilities,” said Dan Arp, dean of the OSU’s agriculture college and director of Oregon’s 13 agricultural experiment stations

EOARC employs 18 scientists from both OSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The center’s research focuses on rangeland management and restoration, wildlife management, and beef production in both the forested rangelands, at the Union unit, and in the drier rangelands of the Great Basin, at the Burns unit.

Besides overseeing research, Bohnert will manage Extension and outreach activities for both units and keep in touch with advisory committees, collaborators and other stakeholders.

Kennedy, an expert on birds in managed landscapes, will develop courses and supervise faculty in EOU’s program, which offers degrees in agricultural sciences, soil science, natural resources and rangeland sciences. The program, which requires that students be enrolled at both universities, has 97 students for the 2015-16 school year.

The positions will remain “interim” for a couple of years while the EOARC team conducts a strategic planning process, said Dan Edge, associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

“We wanted to wait until the team decides what expertise is needed to complement the other skills at the two EOARC stations,” Edge said.

Author: Gail Wells
Source: David Bohnert