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Jon Wraith has been named dean of the college through 2016. Credit: Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services

Jon Wraith, interim dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, has been named dean of the college through 2016.

Wraith has served as interim dean since July 2011 when he replaced Tom Brady, dean of COLSA since 2007.

"Jon is a proven leader for difficult times.  First as associate dean, and then as interim dean, he has provided direction for COLSA and the Agricultural Experiment Station through very difficult financial times,” says Provost John Aber. “He has helped lead UNH to a position of prominence in sustainable agriculture and sustainable ecosystems, while also helping to define the research and educational agendas at the regional and national level. He is the right person to now help COLSA build to strength in other areas identified by his faculty as core to the STEM and land grant missions of the college."

Wraith has served for three years as associate dean for agriculture and 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. 

“The college and experiment station have outstanding faculty, staff and students, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to help guide our many contributions to the state and nation. Our programs are in many respects more important than ever,” Wraith says. “Students are keenly interested, and we’re seeing the highest enrollments in the 146-year history of the college. The growing awareness of local agriculture and foods underscores the importance of sustaining our vital contributions in these and other areas. UNH cares deeply about our students and stakeholders, and does an incredible job in supporting their needs. It’s a pleasure to be a part of that.”