The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed $2 million toward the dean's chair for South Dakota State University's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.
"This extraordinary investment [that] will benefit every stakeholder in the state and region because it puts SDSU on a competitive footing to help recruit the nation's best talent to our university," says David L. Chicoine, SDSU president. "The endowment elevates the college and the university because it reflects a commitment of outside resources that are necessary in today's climate. I hope that the SDCUC's historic investment will be replicated by other individuals and organizations wanting to partner with SDSU and make our university even stronger."
"The SDCUC has a long track record of supporting agricultural research, scholarships and innovation at our land grant university and the endowment of the Dean's position is a natural next step to advance our state's knowledge and excellence in agriculture while cultivating our industry's future leaders," says David Fremark, president of the SDCUC.
"An endowment such as the one we are celebrating today provides SDSU an amazing opportunity as I prepare to build my team and set the direction of the College of Ag and Bio," says Barry Dunn, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU. "I want to personally thank the SDCUC for their tremendous gift and their leadership for the agricultural industry".
Dunn was recently hired as dean of the college. An SDSU alumnus, Dunn has been the executive director and the Kleberg Endowed Chair at the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville since 2004. He is also an associate professor of agronomy and resource sciences. Prior to that, he was a member of the SDSU animal and range sciences faculty from August 2000 to January 2004. His relationship with SDSU includes three academic degrees—a bachelor of science in biology in 1975, a master of science in animal and range sciences in 1977 and his doctor of philosophy, also in animal and range sciences, in 2000.