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Brown named associate dean

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

From Dean Kathryn Boor:

As many of you already know, Susan Brown, currently Associate Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will become an associate dean in CALS and the Goichman Family Director of NYSAES on January 2, 2015.

Dr. Brown has served as associate director of NYAES since July 1, 2013. Among her responsibilities in that role has been stewarding the NYSAES strategic planning process, in concert with a faculty committee and community input. As a faculty member in the section of Horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science, she runs one of the largest tree fruit breeding programs in the world. She has released four apple varieties—Fortune, Autumncrisp, SnapDragon™, and RubyFrost™—and is the co-inventor of ten sweet cherries and one tart cherry. Her research combines breeding and genetics to improve apple quality, disease resistance, nutritional qualities and tree architecture.

Her professional achievements have been recognized with a 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, a 2012 CALS Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, and her selection for the 2013 Leading Cornell program. She was named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate in 2014.

Susan received a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis. She joined the Cornell faculty in 1985.

Boor also announced two other transitions: On July 1, 2015, Beth Ahner will become a Senior Associate Dean in CALS, and on September 1, 2015, Jan Nyrop will become Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

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