Wraith to Serve as Interim COLSA Dean
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
June 22, 2011
Jon Wraith will serve as interim dean of COLSA for a two-year period beginning July 1, Provost John Aber announced yesterday. Wraith replaces Tom Brady, dean of COLSA since 2007, who resigned as dean and will be joining the COLSA faculty.
Wraith has served for three years as associate dean for agriculture and associate director of the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station. Before coming to UNH, he was a professor in the department of land resources and environmental sciences at Montana State University and head of that department for five years.
“I appreciate Jon’s willingness to serve as interim dean of COLSA in this period of unsure budgets and other challenges. He has helped the college work through the changes accompanying a major restructuring of departments and programs, and has led, with Dean Brady, a major realignment of priorities in the Experiment Station and a reinvigoration of agricultural research,” says Aber. “COLSA now enjoys increased enrollment and a new energy and focus in research and outreach. I look forward to working with Jon to continue the remarkable progress COLSA has made over the four years of Dean Brady’s leadership.”
In a letter to COLSA faculty, Aber thanked that community for its participation in an open and substantive process for selection of an interim dean.
Aber also has high praise for the work of the outgoing dean. “Dean Brady leaves a thriving COLSA, a college with a clear set of priorities in teaching, scholarship and engagement,” says Aber. “We are grateful for his dedication to the mission and vision of the college he has called ‘the jewel in the university’s crown.’”